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

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Maisel's Weisse KristallMaisel's Weisse Kristall

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of nocheinsbitte
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.

nocheinsbitte, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
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.

SIRIUS2, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured into a tall wheat beer glass.

A - Pale straw in colour. Very carbonated. Poured with a substantial head, which was retained well.

S - Clear hops smells, with a fruity almost lemon hint. Also, a very faint biscuit-like aroma.

T - Dry and crisp, with a sharp fruity taste on the back of the tongue.

D - Very refreshing to drink. Maybe slightly over carbonated, which possible takes away from the flavours.

PartyBear, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Macca
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.

Macca, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of germanbeer1
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.

germanbeer1, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

The beer pours a beautifully clear straw color, with a huge foamy head that slowly dissolves into some tight lacing.

The smell is dominated by cloves, the bananna doesn't seem to be present. There is a little cereal maltiness present as well, little to no alcohol present in nose.

The taste follows along the same lines. It is extremely well balanced, the bananna shows itself much more. The clove is still present.

The mouthfeel is excellent, crisp, refreshing...just the right amount of lingering sweetness.

I could drink this until the cows come home. Especially for the cheap cheap price. Very nice.

grayburn, May 19, 2009
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
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.

cvstrickland, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
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.

PatrickJR, May 20, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Very light and clear straw color with a white, rocky, creamy, thick head. Aromas of baked apples with cinamon and brown sugar followed by bubblegum. Flavor is a slightly subdued version of the aroma, except the addition of a mildly tart wheat bite. The mouthfeel is lighter than a regular hefeweizen due to the filtration, yet this one seems to have more flavor and elegance than other Kristalweizens. Finishes with some firm pilsener malt and a touch of apples. This bottle is only the second Maisel's Kristall I've had, fifteen years after the first one in Germany. I just picked it up tonight at a Harris Teeter, because I haven't seen it in so long, and I immediately thought of the fun night so long ago when I had my first one. Fresh too.

dedrinker, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière de froment à la robe claire, beau chapeau de mousse, belle effervescence
Smell : nez de froment, nuances de zeste de citron
Taste and mouthfeel : arôme fruité très frais et à la finale nerveuse très rafraîchissante
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style kristal weizen

thierrynantes, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of janubio
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.

janubio, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
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!

rjimlad, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

5.2% abv beer.

Poured a huge, smooth, bright white head leaves a few thick strands of lace. I wasn't sure what to expect in from the aroma, but I got some nice banana and bubble gum. Maybe it's just the light golden color, but the flavor seems to be a toned down version of a Hefe. Sounds about right for the style so far. Light, almost crisp flavors of bubble gum and a bit of zesty wheat and lemon towards the finish. A little flavor hangs around through the finish tempting me to take another sip. Light, soft mouthfeel with a bit of fine fizz as I swallow. A delicate weizen. Not for those looking for a beer bursting with flavor, but then that's not a bad thing either.

HappyHourHero, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of goodbyesoberday
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.

goodbyesoberday, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

This is a gorgeous light gold in colour which I managed to pour with ahuge foamy head atop a vigorous effervescence.
Smelling of wheat and mild cloves as expected it is not overpowering .
Strangely the cloves dont come through on the palatebecause there is a real berry flavour there I am thinking raspberry to strawberry flavours.It is reasonably sweet.
The sweetness is apparent in the mouth as it is soft and smooth but manages an adequate amount of sharpness.
This sweetness drifts towards what I tatse as European Pale Lager maltiness which is this beers only possible downside.
It is a fruity Weiss that speaks to me of summer time refreshment and a beer that I would drink again

jarmby1711, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of blackie
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.

blackie, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of Luigi
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.

Luigi, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
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.

Rastacouere, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Boto
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 I’ll stick with a regular Hefe.

Boto, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Fine foamy head on a light golden and transparent body. The beer’s highly carbonated. Very good smell, wheat, banana, citrus and sweetness. Some aromas also remind me of a Belgian triple. There’s something very surprising in the taste: first, you get everything you could expect from the smell, a refreshing wheat aspect , a nice banana flavor, sweet hints of citrus, yeast. And then, suddenly, it all disappears. Nothing remains. And then you get a very very thin hoppy aftertaste, but it’s quickly gone too. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

tjd25, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of JCBears
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

JCBears, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of Shiloh
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.

Shiloh, Oct 15, 2003
Maisel's Weisse Kristall from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.