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Crystal Weiss - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.15%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KarlHungus on 04-12-2008)
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Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

11-15-2013 15:44:19 | More by djrn2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Autumn pumpkin orange with several ascending lines of boisterous bubbles and no visible yeast (hence the Crystal of the name). A thick chunk of ecru colored foam appears on the pour and settles into a firm creaminess, while chubby streamers of suds decorate the glass.

The nose features malt over hops or yeast. The beer is lightly toasted earthy with a hint of musky fruit peel. I'm not sure if adding Munich and caramel malt to a beer of this style was such a wonderful idea. Kristalweizens are such strange brews. Hey, let's filter out the best part of a hefeweizen (the banana and clove yeast esters). Doesn't make sense.

The flavor profile is odd and was entirely predictable. Crystal Weiss tastes like 50% weak Oktoberfest and 50% American pale wheat ale. That isn't a stellar combination, especially for someone who counts those two near the bottom of his most favored styles list. I'd be surprised if this stuff flies off the shelves.

Flavors include lightly toasted white bread (complete with crust), a small handful of baked peanuts and a hint of woodsy herbs. Neither Saaz or Hallertau add much flavor and they contribute only a modest countering bitterness that brings things into relative balance by the end of each mouthful. If blinded, kristalweizen wouldn't have been among my first 10 guesses.

The mouthfeel is better than decent. It's bigger than most 4.5% lagers or ales and the carbonation does what it needs to do without being too lazy or too energetic. Because highlights are hard to come by, we'll take it.

Spanish Peaks Brewing's Crystal Weiss American Style Clear Wheat Beer is the strangest, most off-style kristalweizen to have ever entered my glass. If you like weak-in-the-knees Oktoberfests and hate hops, then this might be the beer for you. It isn't the beer for me.

11-02-2009 11:54:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of GRG1313


1.7/5  rDev -47.2%

Pours a crystal clear orange with nice brightness in color with a short, thin white head that leaves a very light single bubble layer.

Nose is a very light, unassertive pale fruit and yeast. Have to really search for the nose here.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery and with no body or character.

Unfortunately, flavors follow. Light simple fruit, simple yeast flavors that are insignificant and unappealing. This beer tastes like "strong water," at best. No character whatsoever. Cannot think why you'd drink this other than to quench a genuine thirst and you didn't have water available.

09-12-2009 22:56:54 | More by GRG1313
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

07-21-2008 23:22:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of zeff80


3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

07-20-2008 20:05:08 | More by zeff80
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

06-07-2009 02:01:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

08-09-2008 00:04:52 | More by WesWes
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

10-09-2008 20:04:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of Halcyondays


3.85/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

08-10-2009 20:59:56 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev -6.8%

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white head.

Smells sweet with a candy and bread scent not unlike banana bread. There is a faint ginger snap aroma here.

Starts out sweet with a bit of bitterness. Tastes like banana bread. Mildly sweet with a decent hop bite.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. Think sweet lager when you drink this. Slight hefeweizen flavor but it is cleaner.

10-03-2010 23:02:37 | More by Zorro
Photo of glid02


3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

07-22-2008 20:28:35 | More by glid02
Photo of Bitterbill


3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

10-07-2008 22:38:37 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Brenden


3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

08-31-2011 16:21:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of clayrock81


3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

10-06-2008 16:38:06 | More by clayrock81
Photo of KarlHungus


3.15/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

04-12-2008 16:46:51 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of allengarvin


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-27-2008 01:46:18 | More by allengarvin
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

11-13-2008 22:02:41 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of albern


2.98/5  rDev -7.5%

Spanish Peaks claims that this beer has been judged one of the "world's best wheat beers" from the GABF and World Beer Cup. This is a pretty sad indictment of both of those venerable competitions, because this beer is an adequate and inoffensive wheat beer and that's about all. It pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with decent carbonation, no head, zilch. The nose is good, with a honeyed flavor, maybe some lemon notes, some florals too.

The beer is just thin, watery, bland, and uninteresting. Yup, there is some yeast, some sweeter malts, some honeyed flavors. This beer is just so mediocre it's not worth spending more written words on. It's okay, there just isn't much to this beer.

12-05-2009 20:06:25 | More by albern
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

03-16-2010 00:21:04 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of tmoneyba


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

02-22-2009 01:36:22 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Goliath


2.78/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a hazy yellow color (what's with the haze?) and was presented to me with no head, although a thin collar of white foamed covered the circumference of the glass.

The aroma is ok. There's a bit of lemony citrus, but really not much else.

The taste follows suit. There's a bit of lemon citrus, with a bit of toasted bread and not much else.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an average dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is a bit boring which really doesn't entice me to return to the glass. However, the beer is easily sessionable which can be a plus. For me it's not a good kristal, nor is it a great "beer" in general terms.

01-04-2010 01:35:35 | More by Goliath
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

04-27-2008 17:23:37 | More by riversider76
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

11-02-2008 22:36:39 | More by williamherbert
Photo of nebula1999


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

Bought this one discounted at my local packi for $3.99 a 6pk. Cases of it left too. Made me wonder if it'd be any good.

Very slight aroma of hops and grain, maybe some apple? Hardly any head retention after the the pour. Nice clear strawberry-blonde color. Entry is an unoffensive wash of light fruit, citrus, pear and apple with mild grain thrown in. Some hops kick in with a gritty feel that dries the roof of the mouth leaving a tart aftertaste.

Has that "summer brew" taste that is so popular and people seem to love on a hot summer day (even though it's early February as I write this). This is not a summer seasonal, but it just reminds me of one.

Overall a respectable beer that I could easily have several of in one sitting. Not great by any means, but at least I didn't pour it down the sink which I had done with many discounted beers from my local store.

02-06-2009 02:32:11 | More by nebula1999
Photo of Greggy


2.1/5  rDev -34.8%

A- 1 finger head, crystal clear, light clinging lace.

S- Light straw, malt, pretty austere.

T- very tart/sour, almost pear taste. Very odd.

M- low/med carb, not a great finish.

D- very odd beer that doesn't resemble a wheat at all. Ended up being a drain pour. I will not revisit this beer again in the future.

05-03-2008 05:24:30 | More by Greggy
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Crystal Weiss from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.