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Crystal Weiss - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KarlHungus on 04-12-2008

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Photo of Pillowburn
4.75/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Total Wine,

A: Pours a dark gold with a fizzy white head, no lace.

S: Really nice smell, very floral, smells a lot like a pils with all the Saaz.

T: Honey and sweet bready malt form the main flavour with nice Saaz hop backbone.

M: Crisp carbonation, creamy, smooth, light-bodied.

D: I like this American wheat beer a lot, much better flavour than the pallid efforts I so often find in this and similar categories. Good job Spanish Peaks.

Photo of drxandy
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz to 20oz mug, pours a filtered golden amber shade, white head fades to lacing

smells of hops, sweet malt, the hallertau and saaz shine heavily, floral

taste is nothing of a wheat beer in my eyes, malty and sweet with a nice hopping, bitterness is a low but flavoring hops are super delicious and as the scent informed me the hallertau and saaz are well played. Light wheaty flavors, reminds me slightly of a way better bmc take, would be great to introduce people to craft beer.

mouthfeel is of a good weight, nice subtle flavors and bitterness, sweet and extremely sessionable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, wheat, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of honey and a little citrus followed by a strong wheat flavor. The malt character is thin but on-target for the style and there's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a good, flavorful, lighter beer to drink for a while.

Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet smelling pale and wheat malt scent along with a subtle banana/ clove aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor that boarders on the sweet side. The yeast esters are present, but not to pronounced. It's an easy drinker for sure. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's got a nice filtered hefe taste that's easily quaffable.

Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with fluffy white head that lingered a while. Aroma was not real strong, no real dominant characteristic, a bit hoppy perhaps. Flavor was a bit grassy and the Saaz hops were present. This beer was very smooth and easy to drink and quite refreshing on a hot Mississippi summer day. I thought this was a decent beer.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer was a clear (as it should be, being a filtered Hefeweizen) honey gold color with a small white head. The retention was very poor sadly and the lacing under-average. The aroma was pleasant, like a sweetened iced tea, floral hops, hints of bananas, cloves and peaches. The flavors were not nearly as sweet as the aromas suggested, the first note was hop bitterness actually followed closely by pale malt and some yeast notes with hints of fruit. The body was medium/light and the carbonation medium/high. The mouthfeel was not as smooth as I prefer. Still, this was refreshing and crisp, a fine summer beer.

Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head.Decent retention,and a very nice lace. Aroma is of creamy wheat,and fruits. Nice,but a bit weak. Body is medium with light carbonation.Taste is of sweet fruits,and cream,with a bit of tart in the finish. Very nice.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

The bottle says it's brewed by Spanish Peaks, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of wheat, caramel malt, and a small nose of citrus. An ok nose.

The taste has a good wheat flavour with mild fruity sweetness and a light citrus biterness, mainly in the finish. Lightly flavoured but overall, what's there is pretty nice.

Close to medium bodied with medium carbonation, this is very easy to drink. I like it.
Btw, head retention is better than average and it has some lacing.

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been lazy with review lately. Notes are a few days old.

The color is about amber, a little less orange and a little more burnt gold. There's a touch of chill haze but it's otherwise clear. A white head starts off about one finger high but fades pretty quickly. The foam, however, is quite thick, sitting heavily and sticking around. It drops moderate lacing about.
The aroma is of malts with a bit of sweetness and wheat with a yeasty overtone. It's lightly grainy, with a very light dose of hops and a grassy note to it.
The taste is essentially the same. This beer is lightly hopped with grass and grains undertones that have a gently sweet edge. Overall, there's a bit of tartness under wheat with the distinctive sulfuric note of Saaz hops.
The body is medium on the lighter side, with a plentifully crisp bite that edges into smooth with a carbonation that remains active all the way through.
Here's the deal with this one: as a Kristalweizen, this beer is essentially an unfiltered hefe; while this is a good beer, it offers very little by way of hefeweizen similarities. Points have to be taken off for style.

Photo of matty
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored beer with a rapidly fading thin head.Aroma is a splash of citrus fruit.Taste is bready and again a splash of some citrusy fruit.Pretty smooth and goes down like water.Overall a pleasant experience!I would recommend and would purchase again.

Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden amber with a white foamy head that slowly desends to a thin, lasting cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is biscuity with a wheat tang and a very vague fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet biscuit with some caramel and a mild sourish touch. There's a floral hop touch in the finish, along with a vague fruitiness.

It's appropriately light-bodied and smooth. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

Leans more toward an American Pale Wheat Ale, with a Krystalweizen touch, IMO. Anyway, it's pretty basic, but refreshing and very easy to drink. A nice thirst-quencher overall.

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold with a small head.

S - Slightly fruity,vegetal and caramel nose.

T - Faint maltiness. Lots of sweet, light bitterness and a bit of alcohol as well. A little bit of complex maltiness with a light toast and caramel.

M - Light body but not watery. Sharp carbonation.

D - Doesn't start off strong, but this one kinda grew on me a little bit. Still, not something I would drink often.

Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend.

Pours a clear gold color with a white head that disappears soon after it's poured, leaving a ring around the glass.

Smell is less pungent than other wheat beers I've had - smells faintly of apple.

Tastes very crisp, much like the smell there isn't much there, again with a hint of apple.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect, nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either.

Not a great beer as far as wheat beers are concerned, but a pretty decent beer overall, and pretty refreshing. At the same time there are better wheat beers out there.

Photo of williamherbert
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance of clear apple juice orange. Thin bishop's collar, no head. One or two tiny bubbles. Looks kinda thin and watery.

The aroma is weak but pleasant enough. Slight fruit (lemon/orange peel). Some sharp crystal malts; also a hint of caramel, but just a touch. Not bad, just not as strong as I would have liked.

The taste is a first touch of lemon and then some soft wheat. Could use a more dry balance, but some nice citrus hops come in after it warms up a bit. The lemon and citrus hops add a tart bite.

The feel is a li'l bit creamy. Medium body. Actually a good thickness for style. It's a bit of a girl drink, but very drinkable. It's unbalanced; a crystally and fruity wheat ale.

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white, foamy head.

S - It smelled of wheat and some fruity esters.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. Wheat, yeast and a minimal amount of clove flavors were present.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay filtered weizen. Not particularly flavorful.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Sunrise golden with a nice head and small foamy lace.
The aroma is a simple wheat/hops and citrus notes.
The taste is basic wheat,hops and citrus with apple & grape tones.
The feel is crisp,medium carbonation and finishes with a good zing.

Notes: So it is not the best,but it does the job. Average and decent.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear spun gold color. The head is a massive, three inches in height, and recedes slowly into think, chunky lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat, with a hint of lemon. The taste like the aroma. It is very pleasant, but a little too tame to peak much interest. The mouthfeel is spot on for a kristalweizen: medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer. I could drink it again, but would like it more if it were slightly more flavorful.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as a single while in Michigan for a wedding.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass 7/26/09 from notes.

A- Hazy gold, a quarter inch bubbly white head that disapeared pretty quick, active carbination and very little lacing.

S- Slight wheat and hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Lemon maybe?

T- A little bitter, a little sweet, some hops, malts and again the faint citrus presence.

M- Light body, smooth with medium carbination.

D- Fairly easy to drink but not something I'd session.

Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent gold, no cloudiness, with minimal head. Has some yeast notes for a little sweetness and some citric notes. Weak, faint smell. I know Kristals are more faint than regular hefes, but this was sharp and carbonated like champaign. Minor fruit taste and smooth body. An alright beer; not worth seeking out again though.

Photo of allengarvin
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay glass, this beer turns out copper colored with no head at all. Very light malt in the nose, a tad grainy. The flavor has a light touch of wheat, a moderate malt flavor, and nothing else. Moderate body, not much cabonation.

I've hardly ever had such a neutral beer... nothing good, nothing bad, just bland. Bleagh.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in Belmont Party.

Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostky lasting with good lacing. Moderate citrus wheat aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with an average sweet finish of short duration.

Drinkable average brew.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Wheaty aroma with a scent of sweetened citrus and apple juices.

Taste: Sweetish, lightly bready wheat flavor with a slight tanginess. Continued hints of citrus fruit. Sip of tart apple juice. Light hop bitterness. More sweetish wheat flavor till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether reprehensible, but nothing to stand on a table and cheer about either.

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Crystal Weiss from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.