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Maisel's Weisse Kristall - Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Reviews by germanbeer1:
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germanbeer1

Maine

2.42/5  rDev -33.1%

This is the first Kristalweizen that I have ever really attempted to evaluate, so here it goes. It pours a clean, golden color that is very similar to a Helles with a head that is much smaller than the normal Weissbier. The smell is rather neutral and seems kind of like a light Weissbier. The taste I thought was rather skunked with some very faint traces of fruitiness. The overall mouthfeel though is pretty smooth, but this can't really compensate for the taste. Easy beer to drink, not so simple to enjoy.

06-05-2009 09:19:24 | More by germanbeer1
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oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured a rich looking yellow color with big blooming head,smells very yeasty with a little smokiness and a slight banana tinge in there.Tastes very yeasty to me with some slight cloviness to it,not a real big fan of the taste.Its highly drinkable but I just didnt care for the taste to much.

06-09-2003 11:34:09 | More by oberon
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3%

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear pale yellow with huge white soapy foam head of three or more fingers. Abundant carbonation helps with head retention, light lacing.

Aromas are relatively light but unmistakably classic wheat: banana & clove with some lemony citrus as well.

Flavors are delicate and smooth, along with a relatively smooth texture that makes this brew easy to drink. Certainly some lightly sweet wheaty maltiness, as well as some earthy yeasty flavors - all in balance and well maintained with some mild hopping. The finish is sweet at first and then lingers a touch dry with a hint of that telltale wheat chafe.

Nice and enjoyable, easy to drink, and just good. Recommended.

09-15-2009 22:19:26 | More by SIRIUS2
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Sweetsi apricoty flavour, low bitterness. slight acidity, quite light and smooth, not overly interesting, but very drinkable, but quite expensive here in Australia for what you get, Redback is probably better at a cheaper price.

08-10-2002 05:00:33 | More by rastaman
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

My wife, a full-blooded German, tells me this is usually served with a lemon wedge in its home country. Not all that enthused about adding citrus slices to my beers, I am reviewing this one without the wedge.

Pours a 1/2-finger head, a typical golden color (looks like beer!), but a shade darker than the average pils. Doesn't leave much lace.

Smell is incredibly subtle, there's a dominant graininess, with an ever so slight banana aroma in the background.

Tastes like a hefe-weizen minus the abundant yeast: grainy with very slight apple, citrus, malt and yeast hints. Kind of plain, definitely mellow, but very refreshing.

Feels light, dry and crisp in the mouth with a bit of a banana slickness.

An easy-drinking beer that would be best in the summer. Not hefty or flavorful enough for winter drinking.

02-27-2006 13:43:53 | More by Metalmonk
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

500 ml bottle poured into Weizen glass.

Clear golden color. Large head after pouring but fades away quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Looks like a standard lager but less carbonated.
Aroma is nice. I can smell wheat, yeast, citrus and apples.
Taste seems a bit to sour for the style. It isn't really unpleasant but it seems a bit out of place.
Body feels light and soft. Not very carbonated.

Overall I wasn't impressed. The taste didn't seem right. It was too lemony and it left my mouth dry.

11-30-2012 16:05:59 | More by Ciocanelu
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-16-2013 01:52:39 | More by pastramionrye7
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goodbyesoberday

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Filtered to within an inch of its life, pours like a perfect wheat, rich burnished gold with a creamy white head though slightly coarser than I'd like. Buttery bananas on the nose that carries through to the flavour along with a hint of caramel. Carbonation is moderate and mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Quite refreshing but perhaps a little too aged.

12-06-2006 07:06:47 | More by goodbyesoberday
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wejohnsn

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

one of my favorites while stationed in Babenhausen Germany in the Army. I spend many sunday nights spit shining my boots and pressing my BDUs while drinking this.

I used to be a big fan of this type of brew but i have moved on to IPAs,

good stuff. Wish i had some now.

02-17-2013 14:16:45 | More by wejohnsn
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

This beer pours a golden yellow. A thick white head is present after the pour, too bad it doesn’t last long. The aroma is a week weissen beer, hints of cloves and bananas, no yeast. The taste is good to say the least. It matches the aroma pretty well. For a Kristall Weisse it is not bad. Maybe a beer for those who do not like the full yeast flavor of the heffe weisse. I prefer the heffe weissen over a kristall any day of the week. Still a good beer for a nice summer evining. A above average beer.

05-18-2003 16:09:35 | More by Stubbie1
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Newish arrival in our market, though Maisel's Weisse used to be here a few years ago.

Into a weizen glass, it billows up some and puffs above the rim at first. It's a bright, high-clarity honey gold, with racing carbonation streams. Kristalweizen is unnaturally clear through filtration, but it's a nice looking beer, with strong head retention. Personally I prefer the cloudy, opaque orange of a traditional Hefe.

Sweet earthy wheat aroma, some clove and bready spices. Seems a touch muted, though I don't know the age of the bottle. Sweet and bready flavors, more spicy clove, and maybe a tiny bit of oxidation. Not a dealbreaker though, this is a nice quaffer in warm weather. Verging on creamy, and generously carbonated.

A style seldom seen in the states, not too different from regular Hefes besides the appearance.

07-29-2010 23:25:16 | More by emerge077
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jsh420

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%

pours bright clear yellow with no head no lacing

smell is standard banana and clove

taste is very odd there is some funky rubber flavors along side the banana clove and a tiny bit of spice plus the flavors are watered down

mouthfeel is way too heavy for a beer that is thin in flavor

drinkability is not good when i can buy a Weihenstephaner for the same price

08-07-2010 03:44:28 | More by jsh420
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: Pours a clearm yelloish color with a decent head with minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation. One can read through the bier...reminds me of a good pilsner look.
S: crisp, mild hops, fresh scent that is pleasing and inviting.
T: Rather understated, but that fits with the style of bier. Mod crispness, a pleasing taste.
M: A little dry after taste, nothing harsh or over bearing.
D: Easy to drink, a good flavor that keeps you coming back.

Overall, a good bier but not a great one. It is easy to drink and is a wonderful session bier. I do recommend this bier, enjoy, Prosit.

02-10-2010 02:27:03 | More by nocheinsbitte
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

Ok now this was a somewhat abnormal pickup for me, well not really in the sense of the style, just that I normally would not have picked this up at this time of year, but whatever, I love them so go for it right. Poured a vigorous pale golden yellow with a huge head of fizzy white lace, took several pours before the entire bottle could be released in a very tall glass. Lots of carbonation was apparent from the start through the absolutely flawless crystal clear nature of it. No sediment and no haze at all. Head settled down to just a thin film and that lasted throughout, but leaving copious side lace. Smell was very light, almost non existent at first but then some nice grain aromas broke though with a touch of yeast to add. Light flavor as well, just a nice light wheat flavor is really all that can be said about it. Mouth feel was again very light with ample carbonation it went down like water. Huge session ale here, this had all the earmarks of a hot summer day in the backyard brew. Overall not the best I have ever had but nowhere near the worst. An average Hefe is better then a macro any day, and this was no exception, a fine, but average selection.

10-27-2007 13:34:48 | More by mikesgroove
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blackie

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a one finger white head. The beer is light straw in color.

Smells lightly of grassy hops and wheat malt. Hints of esters and pinapple are present, along with a little yeastiness.

Carbonation is a little low for the style. Body is light to medium light. Not watery at all.

Taste is of light wheat malt, a little grassiness, and some esters. Finish is dry and clean with some fruitiness lingering.

07-22-2005 06:07:54 | More by blackie
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a classic clear golden colour with a tight white head that retains well and laces.

S - Small hops and malt.

T - Hops up front , not much malt, I expected a little more from this beer.

M - Light to medium body with decent carbonation.

O - The Weihenstephan is a better version but makes an OK session beer.

04-08-2011 15:32:18 | More by eric5bellies
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

Pale yellow, clear and very clean look with medium white head. Rather large bubbles, head is short lived. Slight scent of vanilla and wheat malt. Very light tasting with little mouthfeel. Tones of wheat malt and clove but you are left wanting a more profound impact. Overall it is quite drinkable and would be good if eating alot of food.

04-18-2002 18:15:40 | More by frank4sail
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Pale sunshine gold, shining, all clear. 1cm white head. Big banana bouquet, bready crisp wheat. Obvious banana taste, sweet/tart combo works rather well. Not much to seek further into. Lively carbonation, thin body. This is so simple it's not very funny, I wouldn't think there's a market for this, but it's worth trying one.

09-28-2004 15:42:28 | More by Rastacouere
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Interesting brew but not exciting. Poured a very clear medium/light golden colour with a frothy crown. Carbonation was light, the bubbles large. The body was medium.
Aroma had a vanilla hint to it.
The taste was lightly spiced and fruity, lemons at the forefront.
I find it best to consume this particular product well chilled as it seems to add more bite.

10-15-2003 00:47:21 | More by Shiloh
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Pale yellow and clear, much like a pilsner. Huge, creamy, nearly 4 finger head with decent retention. Settled into thick film, some lacing.

S - Almost like a hefe, but toned down. Faint banana and even fainter clove aromas are there, with something I didn't expect; a light presence of spicy hops.

T - Here's where the disappointment starts. By default this is going to be an inferior hefe, but I still don't think it's anything great. I thought the wheat malt would shine through a lot more, but then again Maisel's hefe didn't have much wheat character anyway. It's a faint malt flavor all around, with a mere suggestion of the banana. The hops are most of what I'm tasting, giving it a flavor like Pilsner Urquell. The flavor isn't bad but there isn't much there.

M - Fairly carbonated, and a little oily. The thickness coupled with the almost watery flavor detracts.

D - I could drink a few of these for sure, but it isn't very interesting. If I was itching for a flavor like this, I'd probably reach for a Czech or German pils anyway.

05-20-2008 02:01:59 | More by PatrickJR
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rjimlad

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

Drank a bunch of these in half pint handles at the Germania Club in Newcastle. Poured crystal clear with a nice head laden with phenolics. Immediate and intense banana aroma that was like a banana malt milkshake. The taste had perfectly balanced banana/malt/clove that was consistent to the end. I can't say how it stacks up against Weihenstphan and others without side by side tasting but this Maisel gives seriously good competition. We had this with Schlattesplatte and mustard bread and there was much merriment. Brilliant!

04-28-2007 08:30:58 | More by rjimlad
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Macca

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

This pours a bright straw colour with a generous head with some good retention.

The aromas are dominated by cloves with a touch of banana hiding in there as well.

A mouthful of all the flavours I love in a good wheat beer - cloves and bananas.

Lots of carbonation gives it a big mouthfeel.

One of the best beers I've had for a while. Love it.

07-13-2009 09:00:49 | More by Macca
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass almost constantly and some light amount of yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with lighter notes of clove and banana plus just a light amount of yeastiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of yeastiness with light to moderate flavors of banana and clove. Light amounts of breadiness and just a touch of yeastiness. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: The ultimate session beer (in my opinion) and a great beer for the warm summer weather. Very enjoyable and refreshing.

08-31-2013 18:46:24 | More by dbrauneis
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter weizen glass. The color is clear, light gold. Three fingers of fluffy, thick head dissipated slowly to leave a billow lacing; eventually it settled to a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: No surprises and very straightforward. Sweet apple, banana, a little strawberry, grassy hops, yeast, and a little clove spice.

Taste: The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, though it has a bready body to it. The yeast and brad are noticeable up front and are followed by apple, banana, and clove spice. The fruit flavors really shine after the beer has warmed.

Drinkability: High drinkability, but it lacks complexity and boldness. It is still a good brew.

10-18-2011 04:18:18 | More by TheQuietMan22
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-30-2011 14:05:25 | More by cdwil
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Maisel's Weisse Kristall from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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