Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau
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United Kingdom (England)
2.35/5 rDev -37.5%
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)
08-17-2005 09:58:53 | More by JohnW
2.35/5 rDev -37.5%
Had this one right before having the Dunkel Weizen.. I didnt care for it much... definatley a better taste then american made weizens to me but not my cup of tea... apperance and smell were very good... i had to try it though and it wasnt the worst of course but probably would try it again sometime down the road...
03-14-2012 22:44:30 | More by ouser31
2.38/5 rDev -36.7%
This was a clear yellow brew that had a good-sized head. I would have expected it to be cloudy, but it wasn't.
All I could smell in the nose was skunkiness. I thought perhaps it had gone bad, or they weren't hopping properly.
The taste was similarly skunky. Flat-out bad. Not that much bitterness, which would have slightly redeemed the aroma.
Their dunkel hefeweizen is one to try, but this one is one to be avoided.
06-29-2004 03:40:51 | More by connecticutpoet
2.38/5 rDev -36.7%
Appearance: Light and clear as a Kristall should be.
Smell: Lacking in banana ester. Smells grainy
Taste: Minimal phenolic and estery flavors. Taste is more like a helles lager than a weiss bier.
Mouthfeel: carbonation is too high for this style and dulls out the classic weizen flavors even more.
Drinkability: Drinkable but not really enjoyable. Weihenstephaner has a much better example of this style.
05-04-2011 03:38:06 | More by di5co5teve
2.78/5 rDev -26.1%
Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.
I'm a big fan of the Hefe-Weizen style (although as I recall I didn't much care for the Tucher), and my local liquor store was carrying these in 16-oz singles, so I bought one of these and one of the Dunkel-Weiss for tasting purposes. Maybe most of my enjoyment of the Hefe style comes from the yeast, because I found this beer so bland as to be almost undrinkable.
Appearance threw me a bit (my first Kristal Weizen), because with a Weizen I expect a cloudy, dark-yellow look. I knew that a Kristal wouldn't be the same way, but I was amazed at the light yellow clarity of the brew. I could probably have read newsprint straight through it. Used a standard Weizen glass for the tasting, like any other Weiss it produced a nice thick foamy head that almost overwhelmed the glass, although I found that it dissipated much more quickly than the Hefes I've tasted.
The smell drew me in quite nicely -- a subdued but everpresent mix of citrusy aromas and creamy fruitiness. Sniffing this brew, even as the beer went on and the head started to dissipate, was my favorite experience involved with this brew.
Unfortunately, the taste threw me for a loop. Perhaps the yeast in most Hefes keeps the flavor inside, because this beer very quickly disappointed me in its lack of flavor. None of the cloves or citrus taste that I generally expect from a good Weizen; this beer really didn't taste like much of anything. Even swishing it in my mouth and letting the foam build didn't really add anything to the taste. Color me disappointed.
Mouthfeel was a bit better. The beer did have a nice foamy aftertaste, and despite the watery consistency, I found it pleasurable and easy as far as the texture was concerned. Bittnerness was low, and the beer finished nicely even if it wasn't too impressive taste-wise.
It's a pretty drinkable beer, I'd have to say, despite what I'd consider a substandard taste. I might think that this would be a "gateway" beer for people who only drink adjunct lagers, but really you'd miss out on all the flavors of a good hefe with this. My overall impression was kinda, "eh," but I think that the beer isn't really bad enough that I couldn't drink a couple if I had them readily available.
I worried at first that I might have gotten a bad bottle, as Great Spirits doesn't seem to do a lot of business in singles, but I couldn't taste any skunk to this beer and I think that it tasted the way it was supposed to taste -- I think I just didn't care for it. If I have the opportunity to try a few more Kristals in the coming weeks (my liquor store only carries this one), I will see if my opinion changes and possibly re-review. Otherwise, I must give a largely negative review to this beer.
05-09-2005 00:03:36 | More by danielharper
2.8/5 rDev -25.5%
I bought a bottle of this simply due to my experience the previous evening with the Hefe. I was stuck in something close to beer hell: Orlando. Well, this beer was barely better than nothing. The beer had a typical golden appearance, with a minimal head. The aroma was also virtually non-existent. The taste was more pils than weizen, with a slight sharpness that reminded me of sterling hops. The mouthfeel was average, and the beer was very well carbonated. The drinkability was a little less than average. I struggled to finish one, and I don't plan on buying another. I also dont plan on returning to the home of the Giant Rat any time soon either....
03-28-2005 03:59:11 | More by aaronh
2.93/5 rDev -22.1%
This beer pours a very bright yellow color with a large, but quickly dissipating, head. The aroma is the same as a weiss/wheat beer. Very grainy nose. The flavor is that of a wheat beer with some added spices for a little extra flavor. If you're a fan of weiss beers, you should try this one.
07-23-2003 02:35:10 | More by clvand0
2.95/5 rDev -21.5%
After trying their Heffe, was eager to try other beers in the line.
Pours in the classic wheat style, foamy with aroma of banana/apples.
Slight bubblegum after taste, but a bit weak.
Nothing special (from a quality brewer) but beats most of the Mass Producers 'run-off'...
06-05-2009 22:58:21 | More by Murphious
2.95/5 rDev -21.5%
16.9 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with a full white head, good retention, very impressive looking in a weizen glass.
S: Light banana, sweet bread, yellow apple.
T: Flavour is nice, but feels real watered down. Hint of banana, no real clove flavour. Bubblegum hits in the aftertaste.
M: Full carbonated body, smooth, fizzy, clean.
D: Kind of a letwdown after their regular Hefe was so good. No problem drinking it, just is pedestrian.
09-02-2008 06:17:50 | More by Halcyondays
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
03-12-2008 02:01:47 | More by monkeybeer
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.
Clear kristal yellow; almost a clear lemonade color with a nice rocky two inch head and thick lace.
Smell is not pronounced; smells fresh with just a hint of yeasty esters and noble hop.
Taste is very thin and watery but refreshingly crisp with a slight hop bite and a quick dry finish.
Drinkable like a good glass of water. I would seek this out on a extremely hot and humid day where you want to alternate between beer and hidration.
09-18-2009 14:22:48 | More by GordonQuid
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
Dryish wheat beer from Nurnberg that loses some points in aroma and complexity to its 'big' counterparts like Schneider or Franziskaner.
Color is pale, crown smaller than average, spritzy nose, slender body, taste crisp and refreshing, bitter-sour finish.
Yeah, it's dry, but we expect richer taste from Bavarian Weizen.
06-09-2006 17:40:12 | More by ernie
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
Aroma is fairly strong, yeasty and wheaty with just a touch of citrus. It pours a rather wan clear yellow, but at least it has a fairly thick and persistent white head. Flavor is typical for a wheat beer, yeasty and a little thick with more than a hint of lemon, pleasant if not outstanding. Texture is smooth and refreshing and a little tingly.
11-15-2009 21:17:17 | More by Cyberkedi
3.15/5 rDev -16.2%
pours clear straw with a 1 finger white head
smell is a bit skunky malts and banana
taste is slightly metalic bready malts and suprisingly no banana??
mouthfeel was good and sharp light and crisp
drinkability is so so since the beer i drank before this one was weihenstephaner version which was amazing
overall i am glad i bought this but weihenstephaner is a superior beer
05-04-2009 03:04:25 | More by jsh420
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a clear golden pale, huge white head that mosty lasts, leaves good lacing. Lot's of tiny bubbled carbonation present in the body. Aroma is soft, mostly citric (lemon/lemon peel), some banana. Flavor is sour, citric, light amounts of banana. Thin mouthfeel, very bubbly (maybe even "spritzy"). Definately takes a back seat to the Helles Hefe, IMO.
10-04-2003 01:11:53 | More by goz
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
16.9 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours clear, golden in appearance, with a tall, foamy, whitish head.
Smell: Sweetish nose, smelling of malted wheat, natch, with a faroff hint of lemon drop candy.
Taste: Middling maltiness, lightly wheaty, with very, very, very small touches of light-colored caramel and honey. Moderately sweet. Near nil lemon included, but, sorry, not really picking up any spice, banana, hop character, and bitterness. Just a fairly clean beer throughout. Sweetish taste of honey wheat loaf on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium (just barely) carbonation.
Overall: About average for a kristalweizen, and, when tried side-by-side with Tucher's underpowered hefe, I preferred actually this.
07-26-2011 17:08:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
09-05-2003 05:22:10 | More by SetarconeX
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A- Quite a looker! Bright gold and crystal clear. Not many bubbles. A thick head like a hefe, except it fizzled away rather quickly.
S- Smells how a great wheat should- citrus, bananas, cloves. This one was lacking that yeasty, bready scent I like.
T- Not really my style, but not bad. It's a crispy version of a hefe-weisse, so if that sounds good to you, give this a go! To me the bite masked a lot of the flavor. I found some banana, lemony citrus and cloves, but not much more.
M- Crisp and clean!
D- This feels very light in comparison to the beer's unfiltered brother; I could see it making a great session beer.
The best way to summarize this beer is: Hefe-weisse collides with a pilsiner.
03-11-2008 04:36:14 | More by ScottUCF84
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
You cannot top that for a Weizen pour. Dark gold golden with a large, rocky head that spills over the top of the glass.
Smells of light wheat spice and a bit of skunk, along with little hints of fruit.
Tastes like it smells. Slight hints of wheat mostly overpowered by a skunk taste and a pea gravel finish. Earthy, not horrible.
A big let down after the pour.
04-29-2006 01:31:41 | More by mynie
3.3/5 rDev -12.2%
A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, this beer had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. Lots of head and lacing.
S: Very grassy smell, along with some hops.
T: To me, the grassy element just overwhelmed the beer. Sure, a slight tinge of hops and some other light fruits appeared, but the grassiness of this one was a little off-putting.
M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a pretty smooth finish. Full-bodied.
D: This beer is a bit uneven in my eyes. The taste simply didn't do a thing for me in the least, but there were other elements that made it halfway decent.
08-10-2008 21:30:36 | More by avalon07
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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...
02-12-2009 04:15:32 | More by HalfFull
Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.