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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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
Photo of bark
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.

bark, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Evil_Pidde
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...

Evil_Pidde, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of FLima
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.

FLima, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of thierrynantes
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).

thierrynantes, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

CoryR, Dec 31, 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
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

mpalestino, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Brabander
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.

Brabander, Jun 05, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

flyingpig, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
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 BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BUNZILLA, Oct 21, 2013
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
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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
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Raziel313, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
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.

Thehuntmaster, Mar 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

BigCheese, May 09, 2012
Photo of JEdmund
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!

JEdmund, Jul 06, 2008
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
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Paulaner Weissbier Kristallklar from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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