Maisel's Weisse Kristall - Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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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
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
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Clear golden color with a large head. Head retention is pretty good. Smells malty with banana notes. Hints of banana and cloves come out in the flavor. Plenty of bready malts too. There is a good amount of carbonation and a light-medium body. Everything I look for in a German wheat beer is there (minus the yeast). A very German and tasty wheat beer. I ussually go for the unfiltered-wheat beers, but I did enjoy this beer and it goes great with any heavy meal.
03-21-2005 06:09:18 | More by Luigi
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
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
500 ml bottle. Very pale golden colour, pours an enormous and vigorous head that will accompany you forever. Aroma of banana and cloves, as one can expect of the style, and the same goes for the taste, with some lemon flavor. Clean and smooth beer, refreshing, very drinkable, but I like more the non-filtered versions of this kind. Body is lighter than not filtered ones and it doesn't give you that feeling of full stomach that non filtered gives.
11-17-2007 20:30:42 | More by janubio
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Brown Bottle silver cap. Pale golden in color, plenty of energetic bubbles forming a light yet full head.
Aroma: Sharp crystal fruityness, sweetness regins full and rich
Taste: Slight carmel flavor running into smooth yet rich sweetness
Mouthfeel: Very full and yet not withoout a sharpness to the sides
Overall: A dynamic beer who could use some improvements to taste. All in all I liked it however there are better examples of Kristall
01-30-2004 21:54:43 | More by JCBears
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
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a golden color and a clear consistency, along with a big, foamy, long-lasting head.
S: Very wheaty smell, with some light fruit and spices mixed in.
T: Wheat dominates the flavor, but there are traces of banana, cloves and other spices. Not the most complex taste of this style, but pretty decent.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.
D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It didn't blow me away in the way others of this style have, but it's still a solidly made brew.
08-24-2008 16:25:23 | More by avalon07
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
50cl. bottle: This one pours a clear, golden color. There was a fairly large white frothy head, but it did subside quickly. Quite a bit of bubbles in the beer. I get a bit of clove and banana to the nose. A slightly lighter beer, with notes of wheat, banana and a weak spiciness. Maybe a touch of dryness/sourness in the aftertaste. Good, but Ill stick with a regular Hefe.
09-16-2004 23:51:09 | More by Boto
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
50 cl bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear and very pale straw body with a hand's width of fine-bubbled, creamy white head that stubbornly retains at two fat fingers and leaves a foamy ring.
Smell is richly earthy, lightly fruity with a note of raw wheat.
Taste is wheaty-- lightly tangy and sweet with a nutty touch-- plus the barest hint of ripe banana, with a slightly powdery dry finish. A light body with lively carbonation makes it a very light drink easily quaffed.
06-16-2008 19:51:50 | More by cvstrickland
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
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Clear gold. Looks and smells just as if you filtered a Hefe Weizen ;-) Of course Kristal is exactly that. The filtration of the yeast yields a lighter beer and yet maintains some of the flavor characteristics of an unfiltered weisse. Hints of lemon, banana and clove gently interact to create a light and dry but tasty Kristalweizen. Not a favorite style of mine but I could see this doing fine as a summer brew. By and large many US craft brewers model the American wheat style after the Kristall style.
01-27-2003 18:52:48 | More by John
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
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
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
This beer pours a golden yellow. A thick white head is present after the pour, too bad it doesnt 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
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
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
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
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
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
3/5 rDev -17.1%
[Best served in a Weizen glass]
Poured a medium yellow with a large white frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was strong of yeast, light flowery hops and a straw malt with notes of banana. It tasted very light with the flavor being very yeasty and slightly bitter in the beginning and mellowed to a mild yeast flavor with a hint of banana and some spice. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall an OK light kristall weisse.
03-09-2011 17:12:16 | More by KajII
Maisel's Weisse Kristall from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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