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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
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?).

kojevergas, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

drpimento, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

KarlHungus, May 15, 2005
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

FLima, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of rastaman
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

rastaman, Jul 25, 2002
Photo of Fatehunter
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

stampfler07, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of AltBock
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

AltBock, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

safaricook, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dwagner003, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of TheSarge
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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

TheSarge, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -29%

pin, May 27, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pale straw colour with a big 2 inch head that gradually falls away. Very lively carbonation.
Smell is of wheat malt and clove spice but thats about it & the clove spice is very minimal at that.
Taste is very basic, apart from a little spice it's like I'm drinking a regular pilsner.
Decent enough mouthfeel but finishes a bit watery.
Drinkable enough but for the same price the regular hefe has a lot more character. I guess thats not really all that suprising though.

brendan13, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of botham
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

half liter bottle poured into a weizen glass at dach cafe in frankfurt am main, germany. pours a crystal clear straw color with a couple fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

aroma is fruity, with a light yeasty character and munich malt. little else.

taste is lightly malty and fruity, with lemon, citrus and an apple note. no aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a very crisp finish and a watery texture.

drinkability is decently refreshing, but lacking character. this brew leaves a bit to be desired, and the lemon it was served with did not help the situation at all.

botham, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +13.6%

innominat, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

joecast, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of atis
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

atis, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

vancurly, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of LittleCreature
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

LittleCreature, May 27, 2009
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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
80 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.