Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.6/5 rDev +24%
Found this in Chicago-area last weekend. It pours a clean, straw color with a 3 finger head that sticks around nicely. The nose is nice and aromatic, with banana sweetness and clove. Slight creamyness as wel. The flavor is more mellow than the regular. Banana is more weak, clove is a little more forward. The flavor is clean, very refreshing. The feel is creamy, moderate, where I expect it to be. I am a big hefe fan, so the kristal is another that I tend to enjoy. I think I could drink more of these than the standard franz. I like the way this beer is built.
05-06-2005 02:30:13 | More by kmpitz2
4.55/5 rDev +22.6%
I love me some Franz. This one pours a yellow color with a tall head that has nice retention. Awesome aroma. Lots of banana, cloves, and grains - just what I like. The flavor is very much like the standard Franz, but the fruits come through a little better and this one seems to be a little more creamy. Very tasty. Excellent hefe.
05-16-2005 16:54:40 | More by clvand0
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
16 oz bottle. Super big explosive head, despite my best efforts of a deliberate pour and wetting the glass. Head fell down the side of the glass forever. Clear straw color and the big white head had me thinking it would be flavorless. Subtle wheat, citrus smells. Very light, crisp wheat taste, although, not like the hefe-weiss flavor I am used to, this is very good. Some familiar banana, clove tastes, unbelievable crisp and dry finish. No sourness that is evident in some the other kristal wiess I have had. Very, very drinkable. IMO, a summer slammer beer after a round of golf, etc. Although I prefer the big flavors of a hefe-weiss, this is a very good beer.
06-19-2002 18:56:29 | More by StevieW
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
Pours a clear light golden color with a thick and frothy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is dominated by ripe banana with notes of vanilla and clove. A sweet maltiness comes through in the taste mixed with ripe banana. Light and clean in the mouth with lots of carbonation. Very refreshing and very drinkable.
12-04-2002 21:23:17 | More by Morris729
4.43/5 rDev +19.4%
Served in a traditional Franziskaner Weissbeir glass. 22 oz.
This beer was received a creamy/cloudy pale yellow banana color, carbonation could be seen through the glass. The head that was produced was a creamy rich white color that was thick and lasted through the last sip. The lace that was left behind was in sheets through the top portion of the glass and then broke off into a beautiful delicate lace in the latter portions of the glass and was very sticky as well. The aromas were fairly simple, fresh yellow bananas, cloves, some wheat and a hint of hops at the end. Very traditional. The flavors that rolled across my tongue were of light wheat tones, some vanilla, fresh picked ripe bananas and cloves, which gave it a spicy finish. There was little aftertaste was light to none. But this was ok. Probably one of the best examples of the style I have had to date. Well balanced, refreshing all rolled into one. A staple for me when I go to this locale restaurant, ask me what I want and I say Franziskaner Weissbeir, and Hurry !
05-28-2003 19:00:26 | More by Jarod
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
Even a gentle pour brings up a huge and pillowy bright-white head. The body is crystal clear and light gold in color - even yellowish when held to the light. Streams of tiny bubbles race to the surface continually reinforcing the head, and adding some "entertainment value" to its appearance. The nose is sweetly grainy with a soft "very ripe banana" note and a mild and very lightly spicy clove note. It's smoother than the standard Spaten hefe weizen with less actual yeastiness. The body is light/medium and there's a gentle caress on the tongue from a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The flavor starts with a well balanced malt that's gently sweet at first (entwined with some lightly spicy clove) and reveals a moderate bitterness as it crosses the palate. It dries out and cleans up in the finish leaving just a mildly lingering soft banana followed by light clove. The drying balance that makes the Franziskaner weizens so recognizable is clearly present, but this kristal version is lighter in character due to the lack of yeast. But that can be a good thing on a very hot summer day when you plan to have more than a few. Or, particularily for people who's digestive systems don't handle the yeast too well. In fact, I'd like to have one or two on hand to switch up to after having a few mit hefe. Very nice. An excellent beer from one of Germany's premier breweries.
11-16-2002 14:36:44 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
Appearance - golden yellow w/ white head, decent lacing, falls slowly
Aroma - citrus, orange, banana, grass(?)
Taste - banana up front, carmel in the back. with less spice than the hefe. disagree w/ other reviewers who report a lingering bitterness - i get a nice sweet aftertaste with a bit of wheat/hay.
Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation but not too much, pretty light and sharp.
Drinkability - excellent, refreshing beer on a hot day. I found it went really well with spicy food.
07-25-2010 18:02:15 | More by gwijthoff
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
I haven't had one of these in a while, but I've got great memories of downing them with my high school buddies at the Rathskeller in Huntington Beach. The color is a beautiful gold with a wonderful, slightly fruity flavor. Have the barmaid keep 'em coming all night long: a very drinkable beer.
03-24-2002 19:25:59 | More by mickeymac
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
This beer has a nice head a little thin but very tasty full on the lips.
The aroma is of malted hop and slight citrus and other sweet scents.
The taste is refreshing and quite refined it has all the properties of a weiss but the clear body hides some of the taste good in it's own right but nothing like the hefe wiess, good but not great!
12-04-2002 17:06:24 | More by Kwak
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
This beer pours a massive white fluffy head, fantastic staying power, decent lacing. The body is a clear yellow/light gold (maybe even a little peachy). The nose surprised me, very good spice (clove and pepper), banana, and some very faint malted wheat. The flavors on the palate are clove/pepper, banana, citrus, and wheat. The high carbonation works well as does the dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
This is the best Kristal Weizen I have had. Franziskaner Club-Weisse is not any better or any worse than a traditional Hefe; it is just different. If you judge this beer based on the style, I think, you will really like it. This beer will be recommended to all.
10-29-2002 18:00:22 | More by bditty187
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.
Poured a thick head, clear dark yellow. Minor lacing. Hoppy aroma. A very pleasant weisse, banana and molasses hints. Excellent mouthfeel.
A very good session beer. Will definitely order again.
07-26-2011 20:51:58 | More by Nascartailgatefa
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
The head is yooj, off-white, coarse, foamy, pillowy. It leaves clumpy, sticky lacing. The beer is clear, yellow-gold, pale. Nice spice, fruit, citrus in the nose. Some toast. Spicy citrus front, buttery fruity middle, dry, slightly acidic (apple juice) finish. This is a good beer out of the fridge, but it really blooms at temperature. That's when the butter and bananas come out to play. I like this better than the hefe (creamier, I think).
09-16-2003 01:25:36 | More by kbub6f
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
500ml bottle poured into my tucher weizen glass.
Appearance: This beer poured an anaemic yellow with a very explosive lively beading. 4 finger creamy head sitting proudly towering above the rim of the glass.. produces fine lacing.
Smell: The smell is the traditional banana and cloves, somewhat medicinal, fresh grass and lemons.
Taste: lots of fresh wheat and grass up front, some sweet malt comes through aswell, hop bitterness in the finish with cloves apparent throughout. No real banana flavours there.
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, and not watery like some hefe's. very refreshing
Drinkability - very refreshing when chilled, unlike others, i feel this benefits with a lemon wedge slapped in there for a citric summer edge. Had this tonight to finish off my beer stash, so i can go on a 2 month abstinence, roll on summer for me!
02-05-2007 23:04:48 | More by seanyfo
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
A vast, crowded and fluffy head lays over a pale wheat body. A whopping dose of spicy and peppery phenolics snuggles up to your probing snout. Breathe it in as you drench your buds with a liquid sweetart that at once soothes and dances across your tongue. A brew as suitable for hot Summer days as cool Autumn evenings. A brew that sets you in a Munich Biergarten, where everything is soft edges.
10-06-2002 05:23:55 | More by inebrius
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
This is not a hefeweizen. It is a kristal weizen and should be categorized as such on this website. I wonder why it is called "club-weisse" in the US. Perhaps to remind the consumer of club soda. That is certainly an appropriate comparison, for it is a thin, light, clear, clean weizen and might surprise weizen drinkers with its resemblance to pilsner/lager/helles/export type beers. It is quite drinkable and eminently refreshing, with wheat characteristics (banana, bubble gum) buried deep down in the brassy, complex taste.
04-23-2002 15:55:51 | More by Thrasher
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
Another fine German Wheat brew that I enjoyed a lot. It poured a large white head. There was little lacing on the sides of my glass. Carbonation could be seen rising to the top. It had a smooth taste to it which is what I really enjoy. This is a brew that I would enjoy drinking on any given night.
07-08-2003 14:59:35 | More by hotstuff
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
So crisp and delicious. A fluffy head with healthy carbonation that rose up in lines from the bottom in my tall Weisse glass. Really nice citrusy and tart flavors. Has a light grainy malty taste and sourdough aftertaste.It does have a surprisingly substantial mouth feel for a filtered hefe. This club weisse will see itself on my summer beer roster, and I agree with venom don't ask for a lemon on my watch, it's best when drank alone.
03-17-2005 01:46:55 | More by OatmattStout
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
Tastes like a hefe but sweeter, Nice head and retention. It has the best retention I've seen in a long time. Nice pale color.
I may recommend this to my friends who are scared of yeast and won't touch wheat beers.
Smell was sweet and effervescent.
Taste was like a hefe but sweeter.
Mouthfeel was crisp and full.
This beer is definetly a session beer
09-12-2006 01:38:20 | More by jasonjlewis
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
.5 L bottle. Pours a clear golden with a big rocky head that is almost pure white. Endlessly rising bubbles. Citrus aroma. Solid wheat flavor. Slightly fruity. The high carbonation makes it taste spicy. Fuller mouthfeel than I expected probably because the color is similar to many cheap American lagers. This is my first Kristall-Weizen, and Im now curious to try other versions.
01-12-2005 00:55:01 | More by beveragecaptain
Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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