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Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
85
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 czfreeman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped this one on this lovely day-before the start of spring to celebrate acceptance to culinary school. pours out an actively foamy head, caps a straw-like brew. Looks like a very foamy pils, as Kristal-weiss should. Aromas are extremly light, faint straw, faint wheat, tiniest touch of cloves and then banana. Flavor is walnut-like in it's delicacy, slight nuttiness, finish of grassy wheats. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. I was served this type of beer in Germany garnished with a lemon(American Heresy!) The flavors of this bier are very light, subdued, and mellow as it was designed to be. Ive had better offerings of this style, but this is a solid example.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 armock
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with inch plus of white head that settled to about a quarter inch

S - Wheaty some spice to it

T - Yet again its wheaty with some spice

M - Theres lots of carbonation in this brew

D - Overall I think this is a pretty good beer nothing outstanding but worth a try if you find it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

Photo of jettjon
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle into my crystal mug. Date is scored but makes no sense, and not just because it’s in German. Maybe it’s supposed to be a lot number…. Anyhow, it’s a clear golden color with numerous tiny bubbles. Huge white head caps it and fades slowly leaving a thick cap and heavy lace. In fact, a lot of foam remains in the bottle, and some even snuck out when uncapping. Nose of light malt and citrus with light breadiness. Rather lackluster bouquet. Tastes wheaty and bready with light citrus and moderate hops. Clean, slightly bitter finish, it’s a couple notches above average in the flavor department. Mouth is smooth and crisp with full but not overwhelming carbonation; it’s a bit watery but not thin. Drinkability is very good overall. It’s a light, mild and satisfying brew. Pleasant drinker, easily sessionable.

Overall: A good German “Kristall Weizen,” which I am guessing to be a filtered hefe. Tasty and enjoyable, a good summer drinker, worth a try but not really something I’d stock up on unless I could find it for a good case price.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blakesell
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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 clemtig76
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle purchased at Greens in Columbia, SC. Tucher Kristall Weizen pours a nice slightly cloudy golden color with a billowy, thick white head. Aroma is of banana and cloves with some yeastiness as expected. Crisp and clean with the usual clove and banana flavors present and just enough hop bitterness to let you know they are there. My first kristal weizen and definately not my last.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 beckje01
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 inch head, a golden look with some activity

S- A very nice crisp citrus nose.

T- Crisp and fruity with slight sweet and bitter notes.

M- Very active almost too much where it starts to overwhelm the flavors

D- Light and easy these would go down very quick.

Photo of xav33
3.74/5  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.

Photo of Drew966
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher Kristall Weizen pours a nice golden color with a thick white head from a brown one pint, one ounce bottle. Aroma is banana and cloves as expected. Quite crisp, clove and banana are present, as are some hops toward the end. Also seems to be a somewhat metallic taste too, although its not really too distracting. Pretty good, worth a try for sure.

Photo of ernie
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jvdineen
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass with the typical large head of a wheat beer. Clear straw yellow with rising champagne-esque carbonation. A standard yeast/low hops aroma. Yet this is quite fruity even though the yeasts that gave that flavor are long gone. Quite rerfeshing.

Photo of mynie
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 eb003
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.71/5  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 JohnW
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
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)

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
85 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.