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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 84
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Photo of TommyW
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of ricke
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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". (1,209 characters)

Photo of Mjoepp
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of UrbanH
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served with a lemon, took some of the flavour away. Look is not that inviting, looks just like regular lager. Smell was almost completely covered because of the lemon. Taste was good, regular weißbier, nothing special. Smooth feeling in mouth. (244 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of arturorg
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (417 characters)

Photo of treque
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (387 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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 (499 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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... (457 characters)

Photo of Pepeton
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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! (484 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of basica
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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. :) (1,097 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.62/5  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. (411 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pictured here poured into a weizen glass. A pale yellow amber with copious quick-breaking white bubbles. Aroma is the expected banana and clove elements, albeit much dialed down compared to unfiltered exemplars of the style. Nice old world wheat malt undercurrent. Flavor is similarly subtle yet reasonably complex, neutered clove pervades the proceedings but is trumped by sparkling pineapple, orange, and bubble gum notes. A pleasant dry wheat spiciness lurks in the background along with a light caramel sweetness. Light bodied and super fizzy. Well-crafted but leaves me wanting the full meal deal. There is really no need to filter this style and the relative lack of yeast character looms too large to ignore. (722 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (345 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle at Paulanergarten, Bremen, Germany (€4.20):
Clear amber with a lot of bubbles. The heas is a good sized, foamy white one with good retention over the opening minutes & lots of lacing too.

Good balance of wheat, banana & cloves with bubblegum & touches of yeast. Some sweetness appears with grassy notes & citrus too.

Citrus with cloves & wheat initially, some banana & bubblegum come next with touches of orange. I got hints of spice & there was a nondescript mix of fruits towards the end.

Smooth & light-medium bodied, strong carbonation with some added fizz and a good balance throughout. Lively & one that proved an easy one to drink.

Both times I've had this beer I've found it quite enjoyable, but much like the majority of kristalweizen's that I've tried I'd probably go with the hefeweizen version if it was available, the only reason I didn't in this case was because of how easy the hefe is to get a hold on in the UK but I've yet to come across the kristalweizen version at home. (1,009 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.72/5  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. (707 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,clove,white pepper,bready,spicy
T:
-Follows the nose plus biscuity malt
F:
-light to medium body
-soft,medium carbonation
O:
-Upper Echelon Kristallweizen (248 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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). (321 characters)

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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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