Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 72
Photo of Steedee
4.88/5  rDev +39%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of willgro
4.72/5  rDev +34.5%
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). (581 characters)

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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! (255 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Respendently clear.There is a lot of bubble and a lovely white sudsy head that persisted to the bottom and left a lace allthe way down.
Obvious wheat and yeast on the nose ,but not overpoweringly sharp or acrid like some wheats can be.
The wheat contribution is very subtle, but is obvious.The flavour is sharp clean and crisp.
The brewers advise on the label that a SLICE OF LEMON is an option.Do they offer the same advice on the home packaged product?
So should I or shouldnt I.Well the lemon tree is doing well so why not push the envelope.
It certainly didnt detract from the flavour and I think it adds a little complexity, so to my mind it is a reasonable option.
The mouthfeel is excellentas the persisting head lets you draw the biting crisp beeer through a soft and fuzzy barrier.
The more I have of wheat beer the more I enjoy them.
I had this in winter and look forward to trying it on a hot summers evening when it is likely to excell (955 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +14%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +14%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of madvoice
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde colour with light head which laces the glass. Smells very fruity, wheaty and sweet with a hint of banana. Very crisp clean taste with a mild banana/yeast flavour. Mouthfeel is fizzy and makes the tongue come alive! Very drinkable. Nice drop! (256 characters)

Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden with lively carbonisation. Thick smooth and large head.

Smell: Sweet of bananas, spices and yeast.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Spices with an underlying sweet wheat taste. Aftertaste is bitter with some banana sweetness, coriander and earthen spices. A lively carbonisation goes down smooth and is a tad bitey.

Drinkability/Overall: A very nice refreshing brew. Again this brewery seems to produce classic brews for their style. This brew and its brewery’s Weizen line is a great starter for anyone curious to the style. (544 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling clear pale amber with a foamy white head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Flavours are caramel, banana and spice. Bitterness is just noticeable. Has a medium mouthfeel. (174 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (459 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Anonmatel
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick and persistent head on top of a nice bright golden color with lots of bubbles coming up. Good lacing as well. Aroma of cloves, banana, cereals, good intensity although it is kristallweizen.
Nice and different flavor, yeast and other expected tastes for a Weiss beer are less intense here, on the other hand you can better feel its malt and hop bitterness. I may have got some metallic notes, though.
Very light body with decent carbonation and small bubbles.
I liked the fact that this beer has in average a higher drinkability than other Weiss given it is a bit less sweet and you can better feel its bitterness and malts. Light beer for a summer day and to get some rest from traditional Weiss biers. (708 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with a simple zebra striped label that has the name of the beer in big bold black letters. Above the name are 3 gold coins with a picture of the original founder in the center coin. Below the name of the beer is the style of the beer and the signature of the brewmaster (?) in front of an "A" and "X" card. The back label has an advertisement for their alcohol free Weizen, the ingredients in 500 different languages, and a best before date of 09.09.

I decided to pour this Kristallweizen into my Franzikaner Weizen glass. This beer poured a lightly hazy, but very pale straw yellow color. This beer was so damn pale that I thought this beer just saw a ghost. On top of ghostly brew was a sorry looking miniature fizzy head of white bubbles. It wasn't even foam, it was just bubbles. This itsy bitsy bubbly head of foam lasted for about half a second before it completely fizzled away into oblivion.

The aroma was an entirely different question. As soon as I popped off the cap, out comes the scent of Christmas. This Christmas like aroma was chock full of spices like cinnamon stick and allspice. Right behind all the spices was a strong whiff of cloves. If you think the aroma is done, you're wrong. After the cloves, this beer finished up with a hint of malted wheat and a touch of banana. When the was beer poured, this aroma diminished a little bit, but at least some form of the aroma was still there.

While the aroma was all about the spices, the taste just loved the sweet taste of malted wheat. It wasn't just regular malted wheat, it was crispy malted wheat. Behind the thick wall of crispy malted sat the taste of cloves, a gentle touch of ripe banana, a speck of yeast, and a few select spices. There wasn't as nearly as many spices in the taste as there was in the aroma. If you like the taste of crispy malted wheat with a few spices behind it, then this is your Weizen.

The mouthfeel was light, refreshing, and crispy as a cracker. The aftertaste was nothing but crispy malted wheat. No sign of the spices in here.

I didn't buy this beer in the good 'ol U.S. of A. Instead, a good fried of mine picked this up for me while they were in Germany. Am I glad he did? Yeah, I really am. This was an easy drinking crispy session Weizen. (2,263 characters)

Photo of atis
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of basica
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.) (1,003 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of libertine
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly deeper than straw colour. Minimal lacing around glass. Lots of carbonation visible but doesn't build to a thick head.
Unusual, but not overpowering, banana notes, stone fruit - perhaps apricot, vanilla, wheat. Easy supping. Tastes a little watery, a little acidic and the banana comes thru tho' not again not overpowering. Much like other mid quality kristallwiesens. Mouthfeel is good, quite carbonated. Nice on a hot day, and a slice of lemons tones down the 'nanas and gives it more bite. (502 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a towering white head over a clear straw coloured body. Head retention and lacing could stand to be better, but the image after pouring is a classic.

Smell - 3.0
Very subtle for a wheat beer, aromas of wheat malt and citrus are pleasant but underwhelming.

Taste - 3.5
Quite disappointing in that it is far less flavoursome than its big brother the hefe. Actually tastes a little lagery in its blandness. Very crisp with flavours of wheat grain and very tart lemon that could be mistaken as hop bitterness. Refreshing and boring.

Edit: although most will never discover this, it is much tastier after gentle warming. The last few, increasingly fruity sips increase the taste score from 3 to 3.5.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
A little coarse in the mouth compared to the best of its style. Carbonation is persistent, the beer quite light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not hard to drink, but I wouldn't bother with it again when there are much better wheat beers out there.

OVERALL - 3.5
If this were an Australian wheat beer, I would be saying that it isn't a bad effort. Fact is, this is a German wheat beer, and while kristalweizens tend to have less flavour than hefes, there is no real excuse for this beer being bland. No real flaws, it just doesn't excel or excite in any way. (1,299 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looked and smelled good, but a little lacking in the flavor and body departments. Poured with a nice, large, white, thick, foamy, frothy head and some lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is standard Bavarian weiss- malt, bananas, spices, bit of lemon. Flavor is where it gets a little shallow and has a bit of a metallic component. Body is good and carbonatioin is ok. Finish is like favor. Nothing too special here. (417 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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 (1,128 characters)

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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
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