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Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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138 Reviews

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 200
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-16-2001

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Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This wheat blew me away (although it didn't hurt that the bar knew how to serve it - in a tall glass bearing the brewery's name with a round slice of lemon floating on top). Fresh bread aroma. Smooooooth and easy to drink. (Almost a little too easy).

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold color, with a huge white head. Smells of fresh cut grass, malt and fruit. It tastes similar to the any of the euro lagers I have had in the past, only much beeter. Some of the grain and grass taste, but a lot more malty and flavorful. I like this one a lot, very good for picking up a random bottle at the beer store.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really a great wheat beer. It poured a golden colour and not as cloudy as your typical Bavarian wheat beer.
Pouring finished up with a lovely 1 and a half, almost two finger snow white head of really tiny, tightly knit bubbles.
The taste is very similar to most other German wheat beers, but it seemed to me to have just a tiny trace amount of banana, and a moderate amount of clove-like spice. There was a light to moderate amount of carbonation as well. This lack of carbonation combined with the great taste of this brew, as well as its smoothness, made it very easy to drink. It didn't seem tremendously filling. I feel I could down quite a few of these in a sitting. If you like German wheat beer, you should really give this one a go.

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Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow with a big billowing white head that has good retention. Some lacing is left on the glass. The beer has a nice aroma of banana, cloves, and yeast. The flavor is great. It starts with some cloves but has this sweet fruit flavor that really surprised me. Finishes clean without the graininess I often sense in weizens. Has a light body with a low carbonation that gives a nice smooth coating to the mouth. A great tasting wiezen and a great session beer. I could drink these all summer long. I was very surprised by this beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Head, three fingers of white foam, taking a good three minutes to subside. Lace for days clinging from the top of the glass to the liquid. Color is a 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Started hazy, but cleared in a few minutes. Such flavor in such a light colored beer. Smells like lots of malt, roasted wheat and oats and some hops. Taste is great, well balanced, flavors of malt, citrus, wheat, barley, corn, vanilla, and pepper. Lots of body in my mouth. Not easy on the wallet, but great for the price. Shell out the green for this one.

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Photo of mavesba
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a rich, crystal clear, bronze color. Two finger head that lasted through the first few drinks. Active carbonation.

Smell - Sweet, banana and faint spice aroma. Definitely smell the wheat.

Taste - Rich, banana notes up front, with a faint vanilla at the finish, with crisp taste.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation up front on the tougne, with a smooth finish.

Drinkability - This is a great hefe. I will be drinking it regularly.

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Photo of jgurley
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice rocky white head poured into a tall pilsner glass. Smell is of banana, raisin, fruitcake, CO2. Super light, refreshing and smooth on the palate. Really cool and sparkly. Very mild and satisfying finish with a thirst quenching, light mouthfeel. Excellent. Good beer for a hot day. PERFECT stepping off point for a "regular" beer drinker. It has all of the good points and none of the bad of your everyday beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled-on date visible.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

BIllowing white head, >4cm, collapses to thin ring atop body of beer. Leaves copious lacing on sides of glass. Body golden yellow, totally transparent, very bright hue. Carbonation very active, very visible.

Smells of lemon citrus, floral hops, clean wheat malt. Very clean, uplifting aroma. Bubblegum, bananas present, of a medium intensity.

Sharp, tart, clean. Not quite as tart as a Berlinerweisse, but about 1/4 of the way there. Fruity, slight bananas, slight malt character.

Medium-bodied throughout, medium-level carbonation, high enough to be felt, but not painful or ill-fitting to the body. Crisp and clean, with a dry finish.

Surprisingly very good. Definitely drinkable, enjoyable, would seek out and have again.

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gettin' back to basics- this is what i was raised on.... does anyone else miss the spaten club-weisse?
pours an awesome white head, pure gold color of brew.
smell . . . . GERMAN. plain and simple
taste . . . GERMAN. plain and simple. geez, i had gotten away from these for too long.... belgium is a great place to visit, but too rich to stay....
mouthfeel is medium with a little bit of carbonation.
overall, it's a decent beer, and one that just may take me back to where i think my heart yearns to be. lower abv than i'm accustomed to lately with all the belgiums and trippels, but there's always whiskey, right?

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 1oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice clear golden yellow color, with a large 3 finger head and nice lacing.

Aroma is similar to a Bavarian Hefeweizen. Yeast and wheat and some banana coming through. There are some other fruity aromas in there but hard to put a name on them. Some mild sweetness as well.

Taste is very good. It has a mildly sweet taste to it. Nice malt and wheat flavors, with some yeast as well. Can't really detect any of the fruit flavors from the aroma. Very smooth mouth feel. Carbonation feels just right. Slightly bitter finish. Overall very nice taste, like a lighter version of a Bavarian Hefeweizen.

I picked this one up blindly without knowing what to expect, and was surprised at how good it was. Definitely would recommend.

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Photo of nortmand
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer had a great fluffy and rocky head for a krystal. The color was a straw clear yellow. Nose was light and a little on the sweet side. The taste was nice and clean with some sweet wheaty flavor and mild floral backround. Very light and refreshing to the palate but had a good body for this style of beer. Every masss produced American beer could learn a lesson that a beer this light can have good delicate flavors and a richer mouth feel, not a watered down flavor. I could drink this all day long in the summer and dead of winter for that matter.

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Photo of horndecker
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather stylish silver label. 500 ml bottle.

The color of it is deep brassy orange, clear and bright. A sudsy, sticky head lasts and laces the glass. The nose is banana bread, or stewed bananas, an earthier impression, along with melon and a peppery hop tinge. And then earthy, but clean, malt. Yeah, it's hard to describe.

The first sip brings a mineral tang, a mild grassy hop bite, the bananas and melons, then sweet, round malt and grain, leading to a drying finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. It's delicious. Very creamy and smooth in the mouth, lots of effervescence, everything balanced and working together.

I think I have found a favorite weizen. I usually go for the cloudy, funky ones, but filtered or not, this one has what I want. Must keep this in stock in the fridge.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's make today a "Tucher Day", and why not? It's great weather for those German wheat ales, and I have yet to penetrate the Tucher brand. Coming out of a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Simply beautful out of the bottle. Sparkling golden yellow color, clear (duh!), a dazzling show of large carbonaton bubbles running through the body, and a head that is fluffy in texture that dissipates slowly. Retention is okay, lacing is spotty. The nose is appealing as well. In fact, it smells almost like a weizen WITH the yeast, but more subtle. Soft notes of banana, clove, cinnamon, and lemon break in.

Good tasting. It's a fun mix of baking spices (clove, cinnamon) and bread. Banana is subtle. There's a hint of bubblegum too. A little spice hangs around in the aftertaste, but otherwise this is quite clean. Light bodied and gently carbonated despite the show of bubbles in the beer's body.

This is a very good beer overall, but for the kristalweizen style, this might be the best one that I've found so far. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of olimpia84
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 16oz bottle into my Weizen glass. This beer has a translucent golden light color, very pilsner-like. Two-finger head dissipated rather quickly. Nose was very light fruit smell that translated into the mouth: hops, wheat, and light flavor with an initial fruit punch of bananas and citrus on the tongue with a carbonation feel at the end that doesn't get in the way of enjoying it. Like some pilsners and lagers this beer goes down very easy.

This beer is probably one of the best in its style, highly recommended.

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Photo of Portertime
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dunkels are my thing but this kristall weizen was certainly something different. Had it well chilled in a pilsner glass. Poured a "kristall" clear peircing golden color that shined nicely. Aroma was robust with wheat, peach, and some banana. Taste was really clean and crisp, not that tart yeast taste you get in a lot of hefe's. A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spotless, ripe banana peel with the occasional rising bubble. The head was massive initially, thanks to my spirited pour, and is taking its sweet time deflating. The bone white crown has the slightest toasty tint, like a marshmallow held over a campfire for a moment or two. I like the look because it's simple, clean and classy.

This is one of the more hefe weizen-like kristal weizen noses that I've run across. By that I mean that banana and clove are more prominent than is typical for the style. As far as I'm concerned, the more of those particular esters, the better. The nose has a solidity and a quality about it that makes me think the flavor will be to my liking.

Good call. Kristall Weizen is one of the best beers of this style that I've ever had. The sturdy firmness of the barley malt dovetails beautifully with the softness of the wheat malt. There's a perfect amount of sweetness as well. While hops are scarce, they provide just the right amount of countering bitterness.

Yeast esters are subdued on the palate. That's to be expected since they aren't allowed in the final product. Again, though, there's more flavor than was anticipated. Banana probably supercedes clove, but neither one is rampant. My (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is 1.5/5.0. Even without the yeast, kristal weizens of this caliber are infinitely preferable to the vast majority of American pale wheat ales.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous. Although it struggles to reach medium, it makes use of every last... whatever the unit of measurement for mouthfeels is. It's wispily silky, is exquisitely carbonated and is the unqualified highlight of this entire experience. Drinkability must be on the high side since the pint bottle is empty and my glass is down to the last swallow or two.

I continue to be impressed by Brauerei Tucher Brau. I had despaired of ever finding a version of the krystal weizen style that appeals to me, but this one most certainly does. I'll still grab a quality hefe weizen every time, but it's nice to know that if I ever develop a yeast sensitivity, there's a wonderful beer available that is a more than worthy substitute.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: It pours "kristall" clear with a three finger head of white foam.

S: Herbal hops, cereal, cloves, and strong yeastiness.

T: Light grassy hoppiness, a little banana taffy, cloves, and some other light fruity tastes.

M: Medium-light body with a very smooth finish.

O: This is more flavorful than expected and is delightfully light and delicious.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed this one at a hotel in Fort Benning, GA, and so sadly I had no Weizen glass on me at the time. Luckily, the glasses available were semi-wheat-beer-compatible, being a little Hoegaarden-esque.

As is to be expected, this beer pours crystal clear and bubbly, bright gold in color and with a huge, everlasting rocky white head.

The nose is bright and a little fruity, with fragrant notes of pineapple and mango, along with just a whiff of banana, white pepper and clove.

Light and effervescent, flavor notes are not disimilar to the nose, with some slightly sweet malt up front with fruity notes apparent; spicy phenols show up in the middle, with hefty peppery notes and some subdued clove, some banana lies almost hidden underneath; a mild hop bitterness helps to dry things out toward the end and the finish is dry and clean.

Much cleaner and more easily drinkable than most Hefeweizens, this would be an even better introductory beer for macro drinkers than the standard unfiltered version. My first filtered Hefe, I'm impressed by the crisp drinkability of this style.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass.

This beer pours a crystal clear (no pun intended) straw yellow color. Has a massive white head that drops after a couple of minutes.

Smell is reminiscent of a hefe-weizen yet more subdued. Faint hints of banana and clove.

Taste is nice. Again like an amped-down version of a hefe-weizen. Banana that is nice and sweet and some herbel notes.

Overall, this is a beer with few flaws. Decent flavor and high drinkability. I could drink these all day in the summer, well all year where I live.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass, Tucher's Kristall weizen had a clear golden color reminescent of ginger ale, large random clots of carbonation and a large fluffy white head that rather quickly dwindled down to a small cap.
The nose had a nice blend of fruitiness bringing to mind apples and a hint of banana with a more subtle spiciness and grainy malt notes. The taste had a lightly bready malt flavor up front that was closely followed up with a mild sweet apple taste similar to a Golden Delicious variety. Not much in the way of banana and clove flavors inherent in most German weizens and possessing minimal hop character throughout. The feel was light and had a moderate creaminess thanks to the fine carbonation.
Overall, a nice example of the style and another good effort by Tucher. Pretty sweet but not cloying. A nice thirst-quencher.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is mild spice and cloves, and a touch of coriander.

Taste is a bit tart and dry with a fair clove flavor to it. Nice non-sweet Hefe-Weissen flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A great beer for food, the dry tart flavor really cleans the palette.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This, along with the Helles Hefe Weizen are top notch brews that certainly need no introduction.

Appearance is a strong golden/yellow with lots of good head retention and lacing. This is a nice looking beer with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell is fairly strong in wheat and citrus. Very yeasty towards the top and the bubbles give off more scents with each smell. This is chock full of aroma.

Taste is awesome. This is a full bodied beer with lots of flavor. This will not disappoint anyone who wants to pursue thicker beers with full flavored textures. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is great. All the flavors keep their respective places and provide a well-rounded blend of greatness. This is a strongly crafted beer.

Drinkability is excellent. Get a pint of this for sitting with friends and enjoying a laugh, as this will satisfy any night on the town.

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Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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