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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by jhtipton:
Photo of jhtipton
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited time offer at the PX in Korea. I don't recall ever getting that much head out of a bottle of beer. Slightly fruity and sweet. Very drinkable kristal. Drank out of a pint weizen glass and although I poured carefully started off with about 4" of light foam. It dissipated quickly and did not attach to glassware. Would recommend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty average i think, i usd to drink it a lot, but every time i have it, i like it less and less, very edgy watery character, with a bit of a yeasty wheat, and banana character.

Photo of Anonmatel
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice smell, beautiful mouthfeel, but lacking in the taste department. It's just another Wheat beer, but it's a little too subtle for my likings. a banana flavour, averagly hopped, malt and wheat present.

a nice beer, but nothing really stands out.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice wheat smell with some notes of banana.
The flavor is weak. A little metallic, inappropriate bitterness in the middle. Wanders.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste was a letdown.

Photo of basica
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this beer at Brauhaus and it was actually from Paul's glass; he ordered it after his
Pilsner Urquell which was pretty disappointing. This Kristalweizen was not sour like the
Franziskaner KristallWeizen that Junde had during my first sitting at Brauhaus. It pours out
not as cloudy as the Hefes which is expected but the carbonation was significantly furious.
When I tasted it, I felt that it had an immediate refreshing touch to it; more than the typical
German Weizen. The after taste contains a subtlety of wheat. On the whole the taste seems a
bit watered down and bland for me. I need something with more taste to it but this one's
exactly what Paul likes. Although he was disappointed with the Urquell, he felt that this
Kristallweizen was something truly impressionable.
(Disclaimer: I did not have enough of this beer to write a review. This review is based on
what I feel from what I have tasted and I am writing it because I probably would not be
having this beer again.)

Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a decent amount of foamy white head that laces the glass. Smells of wheat malt and sweet yeast, with a faint hint of banana. Tastes clean and sweet with some banana and yeast flavors there. Mouthfeel is fizzy with lots of tingling on the tongue, just like a weizen should be. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, and a very nice kristallweizen.

Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a straw yellow colored body with lots of creamy white head. The aroma is sweeter than the hefe and not as spicy. The taste is not as banana and or orange like but is equally as fruity with different fruit esters that were hard for me to put my finger on. Maybe more lemon than orange in flavor. There is still a little bit of clove tones. It is on the heavy end of being light bodied with smooth carbonation. It a refreshing beer for a day of bahnhof hopping.

Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear gold with a smaller white head than the hefe. the head though is just as stable and is there for all 500ml.
lots of carbonation in this.
real nice clove and banana yeasty aroma. i can immediately taste bananas as i burp (pardon me).
spicy refreshing flavor with just enough dryness.
mouthfeel is bubbly and effervescent and smooths (as does the flavor) as it warms.
overall, this is pretty darn good. just lacks the punch of the hefe.

Photo of TheSarge
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awe, it's finally nice to have a real German beer for once here in Korea, especially after the heat wave caused by our pesky northern neighbors. As I was walking by my local Class 6 (military liquor store) I could see from the window pillars of newly shipped beer, and I could see the Hefe and Kristall shouting my name. Anyhow, it was a good day. First off I'll give this Kristallweizen a thought.

Appearance wise this looks pretty fresh, especially something exported from Germany all the way over here to Korea. There is much co2 which produces a moderate head, not like my favorite Hefe of course. This brew is golden in body and ultra crystal clear.

Schofferhofer Kristall gives off an aroma of a freshly baked sweet roll, with subtle hints of banana.

This tastes a bit citrusy, somewhat lemony in nature.

Kristall kind of reminds me of drinking champagne; likewise, very rich in carbonation and easily agitated.

Overall this is a very refreshing beer, especially on a nice moderately warm afternoon. The Germans serve this type of beer with a wedge of lemon, which highlights the citrusy flavor.

TheSarge

Photo of Sheldon
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer started a bit above average with a clear straw color and a creamy white head. The head took off about half way through the glass and left no trace of existence with lace or even a couple of bubbles. It has kind of a week fruity fragrance that I almost had to dig for. The taste consisted of a slight fruit/citrus/bitter combination. Although it is a rather crisp drinkable beer, my opinion is that it is somewhat average and I will stick with its companion the Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen.

Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This extremely pale beer poured with a very thick, but fluffy, head. Retention was nothing spectacular, but respectable. The clarity was amazing to me but this the first Kristallweizen I had had. After learning that it was heavily filtered I was less impressed with the clarity.

There are a lot of aromas coming out of this beer. A lot of fruit, mostly banana I'd say. Very fresh smelling. Not getting much hops but a lot of pale malt fruity flavors and, of course, the typical wheat scents.

The taste is very smooth and very crisp. The banana fruit flavors are the most dominant in this fizzy, almost sparkling like a belgian-style, beer.

The mouthfeel is, again, fizzy and crisp.

Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing stand-out. I'd say about average in the style if I had to guess.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear pale golden color, with a creamy white head. It looks slightly watery for a kristal weizen

Smell: Citrus and cloves.

Taste/Mouthfell: Citrus and cloves like the smell. The aftertaste is kind of off though, with a slight metallic flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I'd expect from a kristal, especailly from one as pale in color as this one.

Drinkability: The metallic aftertaste kills the chance of me trying this beer again.

Photo of atis
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden with generous white head with excellent retention, strings of small carbonation bubbles rising. Aroma is fresh citrusy and yeasty, some clove as well.

Taste is citrus yeast, touch of herbal bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste, mild fruitiness, sweetness becomes more apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it is good, but somewhat seemed too mild and lacking flavour in the beginning, but I started to enjoy it much more towards the end of the glass.

Photo of djura
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Lots of bubbles at first. Yellow color. Almost no foam.
S-Mostly pale malt with some fruits, apple mostly.
T/M-Bitter aftetaste, crisp and refreshing. Grains in the mouth.
Malty. Medium carbonation. I am missing whet in the taste.

O-Decent. Classic German pilsener.

Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sidepoured into a Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen pint glass.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of fair cream and decent thickness. Clear yellow colour. A nice upward bubble show.

Sm: Wheat, crystal hops. Standard fare for the style.

T: Clean open to a one note body of barley with a crystal malt generic finish. All around it's rather bland.

Mf: Fizzy coarseness with a strange wet/dry balance. Quite wet on the finish, which fails to coax the next sip out of you. Light on the palate.

Dr: It does hide its ABV well, and you could down a pint easily as it's not overcarbonated, but you wouldn't want to unless your only alternatives were American macro shitebeer (can we go ahead and make this a style on beeradvocate?).

Photo of willgro
4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is made in the state of Hesse, and it makes a great wheat beer. It is the national group of Binding in Frankfurt. The orignial brewery site was the home of Peter Schoffer, a pioneering printer from the same deal as Gutenberg. This is very dry with a plummy, damsonlike fruitiness and a suggestion of grapefruit zest in the finish. It is widely available in Germany and can be drunk at any time of the day (trust me). It is not quite as good in the bottle as it is on tap, but really very good. If you like wheat beers, it truly doesn't get any better. (or rarely better).

Photo of TubaManJack
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. 4 months before best by date.
Appearance-A slight yellow body with a full thick white wispy creamy head. A lot of carbonation and lacing its quite impressive.
Smell- A weak aroma of tart apples and wheat. The yeast isn't present or banana for that matter.
Taste- A subtle wheat beer with some apple bitterness at the end of each sip. But it seems too thin and almost watery.
Drinkability- Very pleasant to drink but lacking in complexity and any depth.

Photo of stoutman
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kristall golden colour with a tall rocky white head. Pleasantly subdued banana aroma and crisp, clean wheat flavour with some slight fruitiness. If I had to describe this beer in one word I would use is 'boring'. It has all the good characteristics of a weizen, but nothing really makes too much of an impression. A good, well balanced, easy to drink beer. Probably a good beer with your morning bratwurst haha.

Photo of JEdmund
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Clear and yellow, more like a pils than a heffe; small head, which does not last

Smell
Very much like a heffe, but lighter and more lemony

Taste & Mouth Feel
Again, much like a heffe, but it is much crisper and citric; light and very refreshing, but still full of good fruity flavor (some banana)

Overall
Sometimes heffeweizen's can become too much banana flavor for me, so this is a nice, lighter alternative. A great full-flavored light beer!

Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold, nice froth that falls away.
Very noticable toasty/caramel nose, that becomes more and more evident the further into the bottle you go. Subtle note of tinned vegies. Not really sure about this....
I taste the toast again....some banana in there, lemon.
Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, no crisp finish.
I'm tasting this in parallel with Weihenstephan and Erdinger (hefe). The toasty nose is the real difference here... not sure how that aligns with style. It's still a nice drop.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Here we go with another filtered wheat. Pours a very ordinary gold colour with weak bead but pleasant white head, tiny but visible bubbles which sinks at snail's pace but doesn't leave a snail's trail behind - lace is alright but pretty thin. Looks average.

Aroma is pleasant, many sweet spice characters on that. Not a lot of banana, but peach and apple fruit and a clove & cinnamon spice blend. Slightly sour but only just, mostly a light, pleasantly sweet fragrance. Tragedy is that it is very simple.

Flavour is fairly sweet, but with a slightly tart edge, more of the fruit with grape tannins and kiwifruit flavours joining the mix. Slight acerbidity from carbonation and a nice weizeny finish without very much potency: a slight spice, bit of a sizzle, but no oomph behind it, lacks the mojo of a hefe. Dominating flavour is sour, with a green apple acidity to it, and it's not well backed by a slightly watery feel that lacks depth and body.

I remember really enjoying this in the past, but I think it's because it gives vaguely pleasant wheat flavours, without the spicy and tart potency of the hefeweizen. It's a weaker, more "accessible" beer maybe, drinkable but not impressive.

Photo of Steedee
4.88/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very light, bubbly and clear, with a great head that holds for at least half the glass.
Very fruity, yeasty, banana flavor typically found in a German weizen.
This beer goes down smooth and is better at colder temps.
I've had this beer both from the bottle and on tap in Freidberg Germany and have not found anything in the US comparable. Highly drinkable.
I have drank this beer for dinner on many occasions....
If your visiting Germany it is a must try.
One of my all time favorite beers.

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass (it's all I've got that fits the bottle). Pours a moderate gold with a big creamy white head that lingers on and left some lacing. This might be entirely due to my chosen glassware. Aroma is nice, but somewhat underwhelming, with notes of fruity esters, a slight whiff of banana and a little spice. The taste is about the same. It has a nice mouthfeel, not to thin or thick and just a little tickle of carbonation. A solid, well-above-average weizen.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review; several years have past, let's see how I like it now.

After the pour, this beer looks an absolute treat: clear golden yellow colour, with a huge, boisterous and frothy, fine-bubbled and creamy head of pure white. This collapses a little, as it must, but it leaves some great sudsy German lace. It looks rather static in the glass - I'm surprised at the lack of carbonation, but otherwise it's a very good looking brew.

Big wheat notes on the nose. Very pungent banana phenols, some yeastiness and a vanilla sweetness which underlies everything. The robustness is impressive and enjoyable, and if it tends a little towards too much sweetness, I'll forgive it.

Taste is similar, and the sweetness does get a little cloying here. The banana phenols are present again, but get twisted slightly to an off-kilter flavour of marzipan. It's hard not to compare it to its sister hefe, but this lacks something of the round, buttery sweetness. It also lacks what would be the natural compensation otherwise - something clean, or crisp, or even a light hop bitterness. It ends a little too sweet, but stylistically, it's not too bad - the characters are rather classic of a German weizen.

It's a light and drinkable beer. Forgive it its sweetness, and it's mellow, very smooth and easy to imbibe.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a quick review...

Pours a gorgeous blonde, suprisingly carbonated.

Great wheat on the nose with a slight banana taste and smell.

Kristal clear just as advertised, crisp and clean.

I like it and highly recommend it. Can't beat this for the price!

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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.