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Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Tucher Kristall WeizenTucher Kristall Weizen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-16-2001)
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Reviews by eb003:
Photo of eb003
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to pour very well. It is very "clean" for a Weizen (guess that's why they call it "Kristall"). It does have a fruity...almost sweet smell. I like the overall taste, but it is not quite as flavorable as other Weiss beers... like most Hefe's. I don't know if that has to do with the clear nature? The mouthfeel is good, it's very light and crisp. It goes down smooth. I find the drinkability to be very high. This is a lighter beer, not filling. I think this would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day. Overall, I find other Weiss beers/ Weizens to have more flavor, but this is still a very good beer.

eb003, Feb 05, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite kristall weizen style I have had yet,loved the yellow/gold color with really nice rocky head.Smell was fruity and bread like(made me wanna jump in it)really refreshing.Taste light and refreshing with some citrus hints and light clove just really easy to drink.Awesome.

oberon, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow and delicately clear in color with a huge, foaming weizen head that showed good retention.

Smell – This one has a light but wonderful wheat aroma that really hits the mark. It was a pleasure to smell.

Taste – Very light and yeasty in accordance with the style. Everything kind of fell apart at the end, though. This weizen didn’t have much of a finish, but the body itself was delicious.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with some light but very fluffy carbonation. This felt like a typical Kristal Weizen in the mouth.

Drinkability – This made for a great in-between-meal snack.

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz brown sleek euro style bottle with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Bright pale golden-yellow in colour with a dense rocky/frothy white head that hold its ground by staying around for the duration.

Smell: Mellow fruit like floral aroma ... sweet to the nose with hints of banana and ripe pineapple.

Taste: Medium in body, clean and crisp (high carbonation) with a bready wheat malt mouth feel. Minimal hop bitterness though more hop flavour (mildly spicy) is picked towards the end in the drying finish. Slight fruit flavour lingers with some sweetness to leave the mouth not totally dry.

Notes: We could see drinking a lot of this with some messy bbq and dirty rice with beans. A well crafted brew ... pleasing to almost any beer drinkers palate.

Jason, Nov 07, 2001
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle pours a clear, honey gold, with a billowy, two finger, white head that looks like frozen shaving cream. Nice, patchy lacing down the glass. Aroma is lemony citrus and wheat grain. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light to medium bodied. Taste is citrusy refreshing, with lemon in the starring role. Some noticeable yeastiness is present, and a moderate amount of spiciness comes through in the middle, and lasts to the finish. It all ends up dry and spicy, with a lemonrind aftertaste. Not the greatest in style, but I wouldn't turn one down.

merlin48, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of PsychoJedi
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color that is clear. Maybe a shade on the lighter side. Massive head that goes down slow an unevenly. Smell is a classic malt liquor that is not weak, but not extreme either. Taste is a little watered down malt liquor. About the same after taste of a classic malt liquor and as drinkable as a classic malt liquor. Verdict: If you have never tried malt liquor or rarely drink it, it would be a tossup between this and "The Bull" for a classic malt liquor taste.

PsychoJedi, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of monkeybeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden yellow with a large white head and sticky lacing.

S- Slight hint of banana with wheat and a slight spice

T/M- Taste is fairly bland, has a clove taste which is nice but not much else. Not to carbonated which makes for a nice mouth feel?

D- This is very easy to drink; it will not knock you off your feet, but is a nice good brew.

monkeybeer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pillowy head, maintains an inch for minutes. A clear darker yellow, slight clove/ester sweet aroma. Very sweet malt flavors deep without being full-bodied. A little like candy corn candy at Halloween. A touch of hop at the back. Not complex. A couple of off tastes but the bottle was a good deal past its date mark (9/01)...devoid of annoying acidity but definitely sweet. I give a high drinkability mark and would like to try on tap.

ADR, May 14, 2002
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a durable white head that leaves exceptional lacing.

M: thin with medium-high but soft carbonation; this sounds like a soda but the feel of this beer is fine for the style.

The aroma features plenty of banana and cloves. As expected then, the flavor is fruity with banana, vague light fruit juice, and yeast. Perhaps true enough to style but a bit under-hopped for my tastes.

(re-visited in July 2013)

chinchill, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of JohnW
2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am a great fan of Hefe Weizen beers, and was interested in trying this as it seems to be a popular selling bottled beer in the States (being a UK visitor) But never seen it in the UK.

Sorry to have to say, that this must be - for me anyhow - the most disappointing Hefe Weizen I have ever tasted. Very pale colour, but filtered and thus clean, has the aroma of a Hefe Weizen but much less pronounced than usual. Taste is extremely bland, only a pale reflection of what a good Hefe Weizen can be, very thin and watered down. I can only discribe it as though its a 'lite' or 'diet' version of a true Hefe beer! Rather like drinking Minute Maid Lemonade in comparsion to their Lite Diet version of Lemonade....ugh....tasteless and thin!

Being light in texture it is easy to drink, but being so bland its just boring.

I was really surprised, as I find German beers are usually so very good, but sorry, this is a very disappointing. Give me Andechs, Schneider, Wiehenstephener, Weltenburger any day!!

John W (Bham UK)

JohnW, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(served in a weizen glass)
A- The crystal clear yellow body has a strong carbonation strands of microbubbels leading up to a thick white head of cream foam that last a bit.
S- The light clean white bread note has a faint sulfury green note in the finish.
T- The light fruity flavor malt has a note of clove to it and a dry clean flavor and a light tartness in the finish. There is a taste of mineral water that comes through as the beer opens up.
M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizzy and a slightly water texture.
D- This beer is really nothing without all the yeast character that its cloudy cousin has. It is a bit bland without much character.

rhoadsrage, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass, this clear golden brew forms a dense and creamy white head with just the slightest tint. There's plenty of activity throughout and moderate lacing clings here and there as it recedes down the glass.
The aroma is very nearly that of a hefeweizen with perhaps more malt presence. A Belgian yeast strain seems present here, giving way to clear banana and clove notes with a light peppery spice along with just a very light touch of a tangy but not zesty fruits presence (think pineapple).
The malts form the backbone of this one with a sweetness and an underlying fruit presence. The very gentle spice fades out with bready wheat and grains being most present along with the clove and banana. There's a slightly metallic tint in the finish, which brings in light hops bitterness to round it out.
The body is medium and an ample carbonation works well for this particular beer. The constant activity makes for a smooth sip and there's a crisp nip as well.
I'm still fresh to the style, but this one seems like a good example and is a pretty tasty, refreshing beer.

Brenden, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of SetarconeX
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really not quite sure what to make of this one. I had it on tap in a local pub over a basic hamburger. Pretty decent, yet typical Weizen look to it. Almost tossed in the traditional lemon, but then I look a sniff. If I went by smell alone, I'd swear this was some kind of fruit juice. The taste was a little more bland than I really would have liked, but still quite drinkable.

A solid Weizen. I've had better, but I've also had much worse. Good for if you're not looking for something too heavy.

SetarconeX, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I prefer a 'whiter' Krystal but this hits the marks for style anyway.
Crystal clear yellow brew with a massive white head atop the glass that melts slowly to slightly sticky lacing.
Aromas are lightly bready...lightly lemon...lightly banana.
Creamy and crisp mouthfeel.
Taste is only lightly sweet with nice peppery wheat spices and a touch of lemon.
Lingering powdery wheat taste.

IntriqKen, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant golden color with a thick, white 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thin, but consistent and with a bit of stick.

Smell - Aroma is distinctly European. Notes are clean and somewhat floral, with hints of bublegum and, to a lesser extent, banana and mild clove spice.

Taste - Mellow, with notes of bubblegum and banana at the forefront. Undetone of clove spice throughout. Mid-taste a solid note of butter toffee hits the palate and rides into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, backed by a bubbly carbonation which keeps it fresh and lively. Quite slick on the tongue, likely due to some diacetyl.

Overall - Awesome crystal wheat; one of the best ones I've had. Will buy again. Very refreshing. Their regular hefe and dunkel are average; this one is superb!

TheSixthRing, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a washed-out yellow with bright gold tint. Head is thick and rocky. Some lace slashes its way across the glass as the liquid lessens.

Aroma is bright and breezy, featuring lemon, orange-roll glazing, hops, more citrus notes, light banana, yeast, earth.

Flavor is pretty much in line with the nose, featuring citrus and light hop brightness. Also some lemon, and less-tart fruit flavors. Shades of banana work their way in and stay into the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not too light and not too tingly, just as nice softness approprirate to the flavors.

I keep thinking "bright" as I drink this. It's an assuming, crisp, clean, clear, flavorful beer, and one that is immensely drinkable. Would love to check out more variations on this style, and would love to see more craft-level U.S. brewers give kristalweizens a shot.

Metalmonk, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: blurry golden yellow tones encompass my glass. A slab of clean white foam gathered on top and took its time melting away. A handful of bubbles make there way about to the surface

S: bananas and cloves. This has a deeper smell and more intense whiff than I was previously thinking. I find it more hefeweizen-like...this is not a problem

T: the initial flavors are sweet honey coated bananas sprinkled with some crushed cloves. Next, a nice clean wheat malt character arises. This is followed by a nice crisp, slightly bitter hop character that slaps the tongue. This is a highly satisfying beer. Continual sips unlock a sort of mild bread and yeast character floating about. Pretty solid, still a bit timid for my blood

M: the feel is worthy of noting. I find light to light-mild in feel with a lush level of carbonation. It goes down incredibly smooth, I mean, really smooth. Way to easy to drink

D: great drinker and great stuff, a gratifying beer. High marks

Magpie14, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Rootdog316
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, yellow-orange pour with a frothy white head. The aroma has banana, cloves, and some bread. The light body has a slightly thin texture with average carbonation. The taste is on the sweet side with only a hint of hop bitterness right before the finish. This is a good thirst quencher on warm days.

Rootdog316, May 30, 2011
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +6.4%

freewill35, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink beers from these all the time when I was TDY in Bavaria, good times, here one for nostalgia! Indiscernible date coding, but seems fresh...

Pours a light straw color with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Above average head retention & some lacing

S: Slight juicy fruit notes, some banana

T: Follows the nose, slight grassyness as well. green banana & light grassyness & cloves are there as this warms & a touch of dryness. Finishes juicy, with slight lemon & hay notes, plus banana peel

MF: Light/medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation

Easy to drink, but really just makes me thirsty for hefe....

I hope that I get more of Tucher's offerings soon (besides the dunkles I bought the same day...

russpowell, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw in color with a dense half inch of head. Head stuck around for a bit and offered some spotty lacing.

Somewhat sweet on the nose, with a nice ripe banana aroma and a notable wheat presence. Slight bit of funk. Banana notes diminish as the head dissipates.

Taste follows the nose with banana and wheat, somewhat creamy in texture and with a light carbonation on the tongue. Feel diminishes somewhat as the carbonation decreases but the drinkability remains high.

All in all a decent beer but not a style I anticipate making a habit of. Much of the complexities of a Hefe are lost here making this almost like a lager. I guess wheat is 'more holy' than corn...

HalfFull, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of nortmand
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden straw yellow, with an amber glow. Two inches of foam, which leave no lacing.
Sweet, grainy lager smell, with a nice rich background.
Balanced wheat flavors, with a sweet, caramel background. Some bitterness mid and back of the tongue, but fairly subtle.
Nice, creamy mouthfeel with a supportive carbonation.
Very good, drinkable beer, made to consumed by the liter in a German beer hall. It's the kind of beer that reminds you of why Germans are considered some of the best brewers out there.

nortmand, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Fruity, wheat, slight banana and citrus coming through in the background.

T = Very nice semi-sweet flavors upfront, with a malty backbone. A slight citrus bitterness shows up in the end, but quickly disappears leaving a great fruit flavor.

MF = Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall, this was a super refreshing beer that really outshines many others in this category.

Riverwarrior, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden hue, thick/soapy head, decent retention. Grainy, malty on the nose, although a bit faint. Solid and crisp off the cuff; sweet, tender malty flavors, massive carbonation, yet not overpowering. Decent flavoring via wheat, bananas, and some cloves. Citrus notes towards the end, a clean palate to boot. Flavoring somewhat subdued, yet smooth and ever so slick - awesome!

GeoffRizzo, Oct 17, 2003
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Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.