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Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Club-Weisse KristalklarFranziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-06-2001)
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Photo of Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear and very light straw in color. Very light nose of lemon, clove and yeast. Very crisp and clean tasting (ie: not much flavor). Everything is very understated and subtle. nothing too exciting here, I prefer a bit more taste in my brew. A very high class, lawn mower brew. Would be great in hot weater and with light food.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 23:01:18 | More by Billolick
Photo of surfmeister


3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow, crystal clear, plentiful wheat head, best part of the brew
Smell: faint malt, some perfume-like scent that I couldn't pin down, not much else
Taste: weak tasting, missing much of what makes wheat beer drinking enjoyable
Mouthfeel: thin, sort of like an American lager
Drinkability: inoffensive, but thats not a good reason to buy a beer
Overall: just buy the Franziskaner Hefe, no reason to drink this beer again

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 05:29:32 | More by surfmeister
Photo of DESTRO


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thought it would be a good lunch time brew to wash down a pastrami on rye. pours out crystal clear with a nice white bubbly head. faint aromas of yeast and breads and a touch of hay. flavor is light, a dulled down hefe, but that dosnt mean this beer dosn't have its time and place. light yeast and bready malt with the slightest lemon twang. very crisp and refreshing, simple yet effective at being what it aims to be, a drinkable, quenching brew.

$1.99 a pint.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 08:32:27 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Andreji


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm I was certainly disappointed by this member of such a family of Hefe-Weizens.

Pours a golden translucid with a light and medium white head that altough banishes with some degree of speed, leaves considerable lacing.

The smell, wheaty but not very strong. Perhaps gives off a bit of a doubt, which is affirmed in the tasting: this is but a lighter version of the hefe weiss, where the taste has been reduced to scale, keeping most properties just making it less interesting by comparison. only the drinkability goes up slightly but who the hell wants to drink the mediocre side to an excellent beer?

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 13:18:05 | More by Andreji
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full head white very consistent atop a golden filtered body this beer stands tall in my official Franzy wheat bier glass high carbonation jet stream from the bottom of the glass rising to the top very nice webbed patterns form of lace. Aroma has mild banana and clove aromatics very good toward my olfactories the sharp sweetness of the malt also plays a role here along with some German hopping maybe some Tettanag not quite sure though. Taste creamy and crisp full banana and clove yeastiness so good, the sweetness from the malted wheat is very tasty as well and perfect balance with the bittering hops thrown in can't ask much more from a filtered weiss. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and medium in body, drinkability is excellent less body than an unfiltered hefe but this adds to the drinkability just a tad most of the flavor is still there gotta love that.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 16:27:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ugly pale yellow color is a bit of a turn off as it looks like a macro, but with that massive head on top and Franziskaner on the bottle, all your fears go away. Lots of bananas in the aroma as well as subtle but aiding spices.

It is very grainy in flavor, and the bananas are toned down a bit from the nose. The spiciness comes in a bit more. Some citrus notes let themselves known as well. Crisp, refreshing qualities aid drinkability and mouthfeel which are both excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 19:29:07 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freaking giant head. Very pale yellow color, with a tinge of chartreuse. Club-weisse has a slightly wheaty nose, and looks like a pilsner, but tastes like a hefe - kinda. I liked this beer a little, but not too much, though it was light and kinda refreshing. This one seemed a touch off, and I'm going to taste it again to give it a fair shot.

Tasted from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 15:34:50 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 01:25:36 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Quaffer


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear yellow with a very heavy, sustained bead. The head rose up huge (as in, explode-out-of-the-top-of-the-glass huge ) and fluffy. A very thin layer of foam persisted for the whole drink and left small freckles of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell was comprised of wheat and grains, sweet grasses, and a light lemon zest. All were rolled together to make up a clean, refreshing aroma.

Mouthfeel: The feel was smooth and velvety. The body fell somewhere between light and medium, being a little fuller that your typical wheat beer.

Taste: The initial flavor was that of rough wheat and slightly sweet grain. These persisted alone up until the finish, when a light bitterness and an even lighter lemon taste joined the fray. The aftertaste was all sweet grass.

This was a good wheat beer, especially for crystal wheat. While I prefer a hefe, this offering would have to be one of my favorites of the filtered variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 23:27:44 | More by Quaffer
Photo of TheDM


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of fine to medium sized white bubbles. It has a transparent light orange color and some carbonation rising from the glass. Its aroma is a mild hoppy aroma. I sensed a mild fruity flavor with a hint of fizz in the after taste. All-in-all it is a very nice drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 22:02:39 | More by TheDM
Photo of Rumrunner


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 9oz. bottle

Pours with a great big head even with a slow pour. It dissipates but does not dissappear entirely. The color is a weak gold. Easy to see through. The scent is a pungent grass and wheat.

The wheat is highly detectable in the flavor. Some fruit, honey and a clove taste at the end. It does leave an unpleasant aftertaste unfortunately.

It has a slight watery feel and the drinkability has a bit too much carbonation. This makes it a little bit hard to swallow.

An enjoyable beer but not a first rater in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 07:24:25 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of hotstuff


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:59:35 | More by hotstuff
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say that it is about 90 degrees and this is a perfect beer to have. Glowing yellow in color with a HUGE white fluffy head that won't quit. The smell is grain, sweet, malt, citrus and a hint of some pepper. The carbonation is crazy! Tons and tons of bubbles all over the place. The taste is very refreshing. Very explosive on the tongue. The aftertaste kind of fades but some citrus sweetnes tries to come through. So thirst quencing and exactly what I need right now. I want to try their Dunkel next.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:15:45 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Jarod


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 !

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 19:00:26 | More by Jarod
Photo of Pegasus


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale golden in color, color resembles that of a light American lager, though I hasten to add that the similarity ends there. A modest pour produced a one and one-half inch thick head with excellent retention. The carbonation, composed of rather small bubbles, is quite profuse, the lacing excellent.

Aroma: Solid wheat malt with clove and ripe banana notes, mild hops are present also. Overall, pleasant and as typical for the style.

Taste: Cloves and ripe bananas ride atop the solid wheat malt backbone. Towards the end of the taste a lingering clove and black pepper spiciness appears. The finish is dry with a lingering mild metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and deserving of being described as "creamy".

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of this style and well within character. Not the best wheat that I have ever had, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 18:58:30 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Marty


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a transparent golden-yellow wheat ale that's truly a beautiful sight to behold. When I opened the bottle I knew I was going to be pouring a yeast-less beer, but I was still caught off guard by just how clear it was. It readily formed a great big fluffy head that lasted fairly long.

The only disappointing surprise about this beer was the taste. Although noticeably fruit-tinged, I feel it lacked depth, and almost seemed a little diluted.

It would be unfair to compare this to any of its unfiltered cousins. I'll admit that this is the first filtered wheat that I've tried. I'm looking forward to trying some more, so I can get a better feel for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 12:06:21 | More by Marty
Photo of LarryKemp


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured from the bottle very clear golden with a good white head. My friend was drinking a Bud Light and they were very similar in liquid and head color. The aroma was subtle. The banana/clove smell was present but not very strong. The taste was similar in character. I would suggest that this beer be given to someone experimenting with this style of beer. It has the characteristics of the style but is not pushing in of its aspects.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 18:22:16 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of jackndan


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Club Weisse: A crystal clear weiss beer. Huge, thick, pure white beer with substantial staying power, and leaves thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer is a pale golden color, and as one would expect, is absolutely clear. The aroma is pleasant, with oranges and bananas. The initial taste is very sweet, almost sugary, that melds quickly into a light weisse beer taste, with emphasis on yeast ( oranges and bananas). The taste is light, and very pleasant, although I’d go with an unfiltered if I had the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 18:09:19 | More by jackndan
Photo of mikes2923


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

When poured it leaves a respectable head although it dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a trace amount of laceing. Color and look is reminiscent of a typical american lager, although obviously being a german kristall weizen the taste is far from it!

I'm not a huge kristall weiss fan only because it so often tastes like a watered down version of the hefe, and in this case it is a semi-accurate assessment. Obviously it carries the taste of a weiss beer with it's wheat and banana flavor, without the bite of it's cloudier cousins! It's a good solid, drinkable lighter flavored beer... would've been a lot better after a long day in the sun! Hmmm.. maybe for our camping trip next year...... :)

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2003 17:46:56 | More by mikes2923
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected a little more complexity with this one,poured nicely golden color with a well retained head.Banana was the dominant smell from what I got.Taste was not very complex a little smokey with some banana notes.Easy to drink but nothing to write home about I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2003 07:49:31 | More by oberon
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

To me this was a overly complex budweiser in a lot of ways. Definitely more craft and taste, but still lacking. It pured a middle of the road golden witha thick white head that did not fade for a long time. The smell was sweet with strong scents of bannana. The taste was more dried bannana as well as some dried apricot flavors. I felt that the mouthfeel was the best part of this brew. It was thick and creamy, which is not what the appearence would have indicated. A decent beer, but not one I am keen on trying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 20:41:59 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suppose this is the equivalent of a light version of the hefe-weisse. I definitely was not too keen on this beer. Pours a very clear and pale yellow with a good sized head. Very light smell of banana. Not a whole lot of taste going on with this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp, pretty much just like any light-bodied brew. More of a summer beer than anything else. I have a feeling this had been on the shelves for a while - probably did not help matters. You could drink a whole lot of this without much problem, although I don't see myself going back to this anytime within my lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 14:02:35 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of BeerAngel


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although maybe more of a summer beer, I’m going to review it in January. This one pours a very clear and very pale yellow with a massive pure white head. The aromas of wheat, malt, and light hops make the mouth water. The taste of a pleasant earthy grain and wheat combined with light hops make this one enticing brew. The mouthfeel is that of a light bodied brew and finishes crisp and clean. Very good beer! Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 19:36:39 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Morris729


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 21:23:17 | More by Morris729
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 17:06:24 | More by Kwak
Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
84 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.