Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau
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3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-06-2012 04:21:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-27-2011 00:13:19 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
10-19-2005 23:17:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a frothy whity head that leaves lacing all over the glass
Smell: Vague hints of banana, clove and yeast
Taste: Spicy clove touches highlight the banana flavor right from the start; the finish is crisp
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with good carbonation
Drinkability: A nice example of the style if this is the type of thing you like
08-02-2005 22:48:55 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
05-30-2008 02:25:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
So now we all know my love for German brews, especially the Hefe in the summer. So what we have here is one of my favorite Hefes but the crystal version. I had to include one of these in my countdown to 500 and figured this one would be a more then suitable choice as it was near 100 degrees out still and I need a good light one to quench my thirst. With a nice Mexican meal, here we go
A Poured a crystal clear light golden yellow, just like I thought it would and should. A huge towering two inch plus head formed on the top and settled gently to just a half inch layer of lace the glazed over the top. No real side glass lace to speak of, but there was ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, throughout the entire session.
S Light grain and some light yeast. Maybe a touch of some peach or apple, but barely. Overall just you typical Hefe aroma, lots of wheat and grain, but again very light, not the overwhelming heavy musty bread type of wheat, very light and refreshing.
T Nice, very crisp and clean. No lingering aftertaste. Light grainy wheat type of taste which is about what you would expect, following that is a nice mix of some light fruity hints and a touch of a bitter hop end to it . Good overall all around flavor in here. A nice summer drinker for sure. Great clean finish did not linger at all and was very very refreshing
M Super crisp and clean. Lots of carbonation gave it a great feel and really let the flavors pop. The total assault of bubbles also helped give it a very tight and light clean feel. Just the way it should.
D Fantastic. Could have had 10 of them. Made for a perfect summer type of brew, it was so light and crisp that you could really have a could refreshing and not too full of a feeling afterward. Great with dinner for sure.
Overall this was a really nice Hefe. The clearness of it through me for a little bit, but overall I felt it added a lot to it being much lighter and crisper all around. It went very well with dinner as it did not fill you up anymore then you needed to be. Again a good little sessionable german that is a definite to give a try if you see it. It will surely not disappoint if the style is what are you are going for..
09-07-2007 10:35:57 | More by mikesgroove
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
A: The pour is a clear pale golden straw color with a moderate amount of white foam.
S: Intensely sweet nose. It mostly smells like banana candy (banana flavored runts seem to be a good comparison). Minimal wheat and bread and almost no spice notes at all.
T: Surprisingly, the flavor is much, much better. Nice banana and clove esters with a moderate sweetness of wheat and bread. There is a little bit of clove in there, but still restrained compared to other beers of the style.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Nice wheat beer here. The nose was a little off-putting, but a nice flavor.
04-13-2011 23:15:14 | More by womencantsail
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
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
03-20-2003 19:08:44 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Pours out a pale, gold color with a foamy, white three-finger head. Highly carbonated and leaves minimal lace.
S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and alot of clove.
T - Good sweet, wheat taste and the yeast/clove flavors are apparent, too.
M - This was crisp and fairly light-bodied.
D - Very good. I don't see much difference from their Hefe Weizen.
03-04-2007 16:01:20 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
11-07-2001 00:59:20 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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...
01-15-2011 06:16:02 | More by russpowell
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
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
(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.
07-26-2010 16:39:32 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-25-2004 02:44:25 | More by Zorro
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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.
08-10-2012 20:35:01 | More by DoubleJ
3.71/5 rDev -1.3%
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)
08-27-2012 14:46:37 | More by chinchill
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
3.13/5 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
Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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