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Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
85
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of hunteraw
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Stunningly clear, pale gold color. Good head and exceptional lacing.

Smell: Hefe-weizen like aromas, as expected. Banana, cloves, bubble gum. Definitely toned down a bit from the filtering, however.

Taste: Not expecting a whole lot of flavor just judging from the appearance (very clear and light). There is flavor, however - like a hefeweizen, but more subdued. A hint of tartness as well, reminiscent of cider.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, almost watery. Carbonation is fine. I wasn't the only one to comment on the too light mouthfeel when sampling.

Drinkability: On the whole, I think I prefer Erdinger's kristal weizen. Accessible, for sure. A touch disappointing, though maybe I'm just not a fan of the style.

Photo of blakesell
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical Euro pint glass styled bottle, served into a normal sized beer mug.

a-Extremely healthy head, more head than beer, great retention, very little lacing, almost clear yellow colour

s-yeasty, slightly metallic? crisp, sweet.

t & m-Crisp and smooth, slightly metallic aftertaste, bubblegum, slight banana, not as sweet as I was expecting, lemony, very little hop presence.

d-A quite decent kristalweisen, would not likely buy again due to Weinstephaner kristalweisen being just as accessible to me. Still a very drinkable beer and would drink if offered to me again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, and slight spice aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, yeast, and subtle banana flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are somewhat subtle.

Photo of Murrhey
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed from notes.

A-Two finger white head. Kind of weak retention. Pale golden color, wonderful clarity. Medium carbonation.

S- Some banana and cloves, golden wheat. Quite nice.

T- Light with some slight booziness. Tastes a little darker than a hefeweizen but still wheaty. Bready tones.

M- Thick, almost chewy body from the breadiness.

O- Not great, but above average and very drinkable.

Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a medium sparkling clear amber with a large white rocky head that was fully diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was heavy with yeast, a mild herbal hop and a straw malt with a slight note of banana and clove. It tasted midly bitter yet very smooth at first and finished with a nice yeast flavor with just an ever so slight hint of banana that stayed with you only a short time. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery yet creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a very nice refreshing brew.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is darker shade of gold with a thick white head. The head disipated quickly and left a small foamy layer on the top.

Smell is yeasty. Reminisent of some Belgian yeast strains I've smelled.

Tatste is quite yeasty as well. Soft, bread like with notes of honey. Also a bit flowery.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Bubbles are a bit sharp.

Drinkabilty is good. Very subtle flavors but by no means flavorless.

Photo of kegger22
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tucher Kristall Weizen was a golden color with a generous two finger, cream shaded head that displayed good retention.

The aroma was wheat, a little lagerish, and completely inoffensive.

The taste was sweet malt, smooth with no after taste. There was a fruit taste at the back of the throat that I could not quite identify, not lemon, maybe mango? More sweet than sour or bitter though.

The mouth feel was light bodied with sufficient carbonation.

With an ABV of less than 5.5 and a satisfying flavor, Tucher KW is very drinkable.

A solid effort and I was happy that bananas were not a dominating flavor.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: The Kristall Weizen pours a delicate golden color, more robust in the thicker parts of the glass. A thick fluffy white head forms immediately, fading to leave a 2 cm head remaining. Noticeable perpetual carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass to keep the head fresh.

Smell: Light lemon notes, but the main aroma is floral. Not a strong smell overall, but it seems to drift casually up from the beer.

Taste: A smooth, mostly floral wheat taste from start to finish. Hints of lemon zest and bananas poke their way through as well. There is not much of a hop presence, not that I would expect much in a hefeweizen like this.

Mouthfeel: Definitley a smooth feel; the carbonation and wheat flavor give it a light, pleasant feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: The light floral flavors do not really move me, but that is probably a comment on the style more than this one in particular. A solid brew, but not one that I am really going to go out of my way to buy.

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.

Photo of Beermazter310
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color with white foam head. smells mostly of cloves. Tastes good, light on flavor, cloves, no off flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation. overall a very good beer with high drinkability, just a cut below the Weihenstephaner Kristallweis,

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a clear case (no pun intended) where the kristal is nowhere near as good as the hefe. This one justs falls flat (almost literally). Thin, almost watery. Nowhere near the flavor of the hefe. Certainly refreshing, this would actually make a great step-up for a macro-drinker.

Photo of Patrick999
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Indeed, a very clear....nay, extremely clear blonde. Huge billowing foam, good lacing. Appearance is actually quite striking.

S - Not as banana- or clove-oriented as a hefe. Standard wheat with notes of plastic.

T - Kind of plain. Bready wheat and not much else. Tasty but plain.

F - Without the yeast, I feel that feel takes a hit. Seems a bit soft and watery.

D - Aside from the pretty looks, nothing too distinguishing. Very easy to drink, though; it might not be a bad session choice. It may also find favor with those who don't think beer should look cloudy. Certainly not a bad beer, though.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I usually think of Kristall Weizens, I think of American Pale Wheat Ales, but better. As this beer opens, a good healthy dose of Pilsner malts, medium wheat aromas and flavors, and a mild hint of grain flavor. While the esters, phenolics, and overall strong yeast character is timid, the bready / malty notes shine. The beer isn't without all esters though; I get a nice lemon character, followed up by a peppery, bubble-gummy note that gives a lot of variety to the beer. The filtering does strip much viscocity from the beer, making it less creamy and full, but does make for a beer that is easier to drink without bloating. Finishes quite clean, but with a light grain / wheat blend and a lingering lemon flavor. Nice beer.

Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

clear darker gold color, with a few very large flakes floating around. huge foamy head that stays. ample carbonation produces lots of foamy lace too. clean aroma of wheat malt and yeast. tastes of very clean wheat malt flavors, with the slight obligatory cloves and slight fruit. a little higher hop bitterness than regular hefe's. very easy drinking, making for high drinkability. i'm in the camp that likes their wheat brews thick and rich with lots of creamy smoothness. these krystal brews seem like the "light" beers of the wheat style. very good anyway!

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that died down but has good retention properties as it never disappeared altogether.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, bananas, lemons and clove in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell with added flavors of wheat and a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

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.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice, big off white head recedes slowly. The beer is pale golden in color.

smell: Grassy hops, old vegetables, wheat, white bread. Not bad but a little off.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is towards the lower end of the high range, and the body is light.

taste: Wheaty with a muddy, old vegetable taste. Some sulfurs and a light noble hop flavor and taste.

drinkability: Easy to drink but not special in any way, and a little off.

Photo of lb123
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Indeed, a very clear....nay, extremely clear blonde. Huge billowing foam, good lacing. Appearance is actually quite striking.

S - Not as banana- or clove-oriented as a hefe. Standard wheat with notes of plastic.

T - Kind of plain. Bready wheat and not much else. Tasty but plain.

F - Without the yeast, I feel that feel takes a hit. Seems a bit soft and watery.

D - Aside from the pretty looks, nothing too distinguishing. Very easy to drink, though; it might not be a bad session choice. It may also find favor with those who don't think beer should look cloudy. Certainly not a bad beer, though.

Photo of mschofield
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, with constant streams of small bubbles rising up. Gold, with a huge marshmallowy white head. Leaves rings of lacing, on second thought they're too wide to be called rings, they're bands.
Flowers, wheat and banana in the aroma, light bready malt, fairly sweet.
Same notes in the taste with the addition of lemon peel, the banana is especially strong.
Light & Crisp, good hot weather session beer.

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a huge dense pure white head that dissipated into a nice cap leaving plenty of chunk lacing on the glass. The smell is of clove and wheat malt, with some light banana. The taste is light. Their hefe taste was light and this follows course. The taste has light wheat characteristics, some phenols. Has more of a grainy type presence. The feel is light and almost watery with prickly carbonation, finishes quite neutral. Rather bland but does have some nice hefe characteristics. Very drinkable and quite good but doesn't compare to Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier. Prost!

Photo of DogFood11
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting this baby off with a solid 4.5 on appearance. How can it improve? Big rocky head that maintains vigorously, sticky lacing. Highly filtered and Kristall clear with an off orange hue. NICE!!!

Banana is the theme as usual but this one is very subtle and grains, some light citrus fruits have an impact as well.

Tasted Medium rare banana bread. A level of bitterness seeps its way into the drink towards the end. It just rolls around perfectly on the palate. Mild carbonation but present enough to get the job done. I was in the mood for another tall bottle of this as soon as I finished so its gotta have some drinkability. Pleasantly surprised.

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)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Staw colored with a huge white cap of foam. Aroma is subtle, maly and fruity. Fewer fruity aromas and flavors, this beer stands on its malt. Typical wheat flavor but lacking the pronounced fruitiness. Bannana makes an understated appearance with a slightly spicy hop finish. Thin body. Great drinking beer if not very complex or interesting.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, it was a clear medium yellow with a lot of white foam and lace on the glass from first sip to last gulp! The smell of spice filled the nose with the aroma of a yeasty nature. The taste, like the smell was of a spicy/yeasty flavor with a hint of cloves. Nice after taste, but lacking intensity on the flavor.

Photo of xav33
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher Kristall Weizen
Half Liter bottle
Unknown bottling (notched 1 and 8 in the third segment, 333 cap citing their 1672-2005 anniversary)

Poured a clear dark yellow with a huge fully lasting frothy white head with good lacing and massive carbonation.

Smelt of moderate cloves and bananas, light bread, some sweat.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet spicy bananas and grain followed by a moderate sweet cookie and bitter pungent mold finish of average length. Palate was light bodied, watery, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, I never had this style before, but everything seems to be on par with what I've read. The yeasty finish is killer.

Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.