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

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 cvstrickland
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (487 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (744 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (352 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (449 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (527 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (677 characters)

Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (352 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (690 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (821 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (410 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (462 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (325 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (375 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (542 characters)

Photo of JCBears
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (461 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (359 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (291 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (502 characters)

Photo of John
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (504 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (228 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (343 characters)

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