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

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of JCBears
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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

JCBears, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheQuietMan22, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Luigi
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Luigi, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Durge, May 13, 2014
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jrohrbacher, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

OldhouseRecs, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of GeeZaa
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

GeeZaa, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

dedrinker, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

HappyHourHero, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of PartyBear
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 goodbyesoberday
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

goodbyesoberday, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of wejohnsn
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wejohnsn, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 rredshift
4/5  rDev +9%

rredshift, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of tjd25
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

tjd25, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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

thierrynantes, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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

jarmby1711, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

emerge077, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Cmaster03
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Cmaster03, Dec 16, 2012
Maisel's Weisse Kristall from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.