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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
US import name "Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear"

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2002)
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Reviews by DavidST:
Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a tulip fluted glass, best by 07-2012. This pours a massive head, in fact the entire 18oz glass if nothing but head right now, as it dissipates it turns a clear pale light yellow color. The smells are of yeast esters, banana and wheat. The feel is mostly light. The taste is okay, its pretty light and refreshing, but light taste and no hop presence, not enough flavors for my usual preference. Perhaps this would be okay on a warm summer day.

DavidST, Aug 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass a spritzy light straw yellow with a large blooming white head that settled very slowly,light aromas lightly clovey with hints of apple and toasted grain.Extremely easy going down a tad thin but not watery,mild flavors somewhat toasty and clovey with underlying fruitiness like apple and banana.A good after work beer on a hot day here in the Buffalo area today.

oberon, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +5%

cam477, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +12%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 0.5l bottle purchased and consumed in Berlin, Germany. Freshness date. "Die Prickelnde Frische" = "No Yeast For You" on the label, which is important to note.

Appearance: Poured into a proper Erdinger Weisbbier glass, it produced a crystal clear golden beer with a thick white foam head -- awesome stick and stay!

Smell: Clean overall, with light aromas of steel and grain. Mention of spice.

Taste: An even, medium body. Soft malt flavours and sweetness cradle a subdued fruity character. Very faint banana. Thin floral hop flavour with a citrus edge and touch of spice. Mineral character throughout the beer. Finish fades into a palatable dryness.

Notes: A helluva beer, and spot on for the style. A clean, clear, tasty and very drinkable wheat beer. Exactly what it should be.

Todd, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The bottle has a freshness date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body is clear, golden yellow in color and toped off with a tall loosely packed head. Most of the larger bubbles settle out quickly leaving a thin creamy covering. This holds on well and makes some slick lacing which slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: Its nose is lighter than most wheat beers but offers some mild fruity wheat with light notes of clove, banana and hop spice.

Taste/Palate: The flavor starts with a base of light grain and wheat mixed with mild notes of clove and fruity yeast. There is only a slight banana note and mild sweetness. Hops add a nice floral spice and crisp dryness to the neutral finish. On the tongue it has a fairly crisp light feel with balanced carbonation.

Notes: Its very drinkable with good clean wheat beer flavor.

generallee, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of merlin48
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle pours a beautiful clear canary color with a huge, rocky, white head that sticks around forever before fading to ring and sheet lacing. Very impressive to view. Aroma is, well, hmmm. If there is an aroma, it's faint hints of grass and pale malts. Mouthfeel is average, being light bodied and very carbonated. Taste is puzzling. Basically, there is none to speak of, other than faint lemony citrus, wheat, and something metallic. It's very refreshing, for sure, and is easily drinkable with no offnotes. Very disappointing considering how impressive it looks in the glass. I could easily guzzle a few of these, if I were thirsty, but I could satisy my thirst a lot cheaper with Miller Lite or water.

merlin48, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with a silver label, best before 03-2006.

App: Good, but not quite as exceptional as normal Erdinger. The bubbles keep coming, but they are coarse. The real downside is that the head isn't as proud and style-defining as the Hefeweizen. Still, it's an Erdinger in an Erdinger Weizenglas, and I'm ready to drink it. The hefty head I poured it with has dissipated in the time it took to write this, and there's sparse lacing around the neck of this vase. Man I'm thirsty.

Smell: Again, not as phenolic and bananay as the Hefe, but free from any skunk, thankfully. Thin, beer-like, and I suppose you'd call it wheaty. If the Hefe is the Vollkornbrot (wholegrain) of wheat beers, this is the American White Bread version. Still, I'm not complaining. Also, it's quite cold, so I'll see if I can detect anything else closer to the bottom of the glass. There's some nice pilsener-style hop aroma...

Taste: Satisfying. Refreshing, and the mouthfeel is the outstanding part. Again, the taste is very dilute compared to the Hefeweizen, which is a favourite of mine. There's a great yeast flavour on the palate - it's pretty subtle, much less so than the yeasty taste of the Hefe, but it's refined and classy. Also a minor hop bitterness rounds this one out quite well actually. I'm more of a fan than when I first poured it.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy, more effervescent than it looks, and it generally delivers the quiet flavours of this beer around your tastebuds well. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: Probably the only part of this beer that is better than the Hefe - it doesn't weigh you down as much. It's summer here in Australia, and on a hot Saturday night, you don't want a warming stout, doppelbock or sweet, strong tripel. This one goes down a treat and if only I had some more in my fridge they would go down too.

An enjoyable beer - but I'm a bigger fan of its beige cousin. I'm one who likes his dark rye and Pumpernickel breads and flavoursome, buttery beers - not just Wonder White and VB. Since this tends towards the latter, I've held back my praise somewhat.

Weizenmensch, Feb 18, 2006
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4/5  rDev +12%

innominat, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like a German's take on a Bud Light with more wheat. Pours fizzy yellow with an oversized white head. Corn, wheat, sugar, and metal in the aroma. Wheat with very little bubblegum and clove flavors which quickly disappear for a lager-like finish.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of ryanocerus
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with adequate carbonation. The huge thick white creamy head actually stuck a full inch over the lip of the glass. Very nice to look at. The aroma was slightly sweet of citrus and malt. The maltiness carried through into the flavor with the citrusness slilding into the background, although not disappearing. The finish was slightly watery however. This is my least favorite of the Erdinger offerings.

ryanocerus, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -9%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of monkeybeer
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden yellow, with a large foamy white head and light lacing
S- A slight fruit smell and somewhat bready.
T/M- Taste starts out like a lager with a hops and malt, but finishes with a wheat aftertaste. The beer seems to be a little overly carbonated.
D- This was not bad; I have others from the brewery that was better. Would not turn it down, but would not go out and buy it again.

monkeybeer, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear filtered hefeweizen, golden in color with a frothy billowing white head lace is spread evenly in webbed patterns, nice. Aroma: Some banana and clove scents survive the filtration sharp malted wheat sharp sweetness not bad seems spritzy and really carbonated. Taste: Hints of the banana and clove with a spritzy wheat base flavors blend well together but this one just keeps me yearning for a more citrusy unfiltered hefe. Mouthfeel: Very refreshing but does indeed lack body compared to most wheat beers I'm accustomed to, spritzy extreme carbonation very hard to get a good pour took some work and patience. Drinkability: One of the most perfect lawnmower beers not too complex in anyway just good ol' refreshing on a hot day.

WVbeergeek, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes more lagery than anything like a wheat beer, their regular wheat isn't that flavourful anyway, so why the hell would you want to drink a filtered version of it, kind of tasted a bit artificial aswell.

rastaman, Aug 12, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Griffith, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal, indeed. Sporting a golden straw hue topped with a white lather. Rapid fire carbonation is issued in linear jets.
Subdued aromas of wheat bread, pils malts, and white bread crusts.
Begins with an authoritative nod towards malt, with a concentrated pils/hellesbock syrup equal on both dry crackeriness, and subtle golden raisin fruitiness. Traces of wheat appear immediately afterword, as this turns breadier, dotted with traces with a vague lemon acidity. Any hop contribution is minimal to the point of invisibility.
Medium bodied, with a distinct malt heft, but it veers away from clumsy as the dancing CO2 keeps this drinkable in mouth-swelling swigs.
Simple and plain, it's a bit of an outlier, as most readily indentifiable weizen traits have been filtered out. Weihenstephaner Krystall this ain't...and I doubt anything else is. Tasted blind, I'm sure I couldn't peg this, style-wise, but Dortmunder, Kolsch, and Hellesbock might spring briefly to mind.
But it's not a bad quaff on it's own so long as you aren't jonesin' for anything really wheaty.

cokes, Jul 08, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this at the Sunsinger wine shop in Champaign IL with my parents. My dad is a BMC guy, who is occasionally willing to try my "weird beers," and I ordered this for us since I thought that it would be relitively unintimidating and refreshing.

A - Clear macro lager pale yellow hue with a big three finger head that leaves quite a bit of foamy lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and clean with big yeasty donut qualities and some massive buttery diacetyl notes. Butterscotch and pancakes with butter and syrup. Really unique and aromatic.

T - Sweet fruity chewy candy...like Sweedish fish or something. Subdued fruitcake and date flavors behind a massive wall of buttersotch. I personally love diacetyl-laden beers, and this one has it in boatloads.

M - Full bodied, softly carbonated, and chewy. Refreshing with a clean and sweet finish.

D - Excellent. Really fruity, buttery, and thirst quenching. This was an excellent crossover beer for lager-lovers who fear anything dark or hoppy. My dad loved it and actually considered buying something similar for home consumption! I may be getting closer to converting him to good beer!

pmcadamis, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big two and half fingers of head on a hazy, straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is banana bread and orange, faint overall.
The taste is moderately bitter with a light fruit sweetness and a banana finish.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is a great kristalweizen.

Fatehunter, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Dec 31 07

Pours a very clear honey color with 4+ fingers of puffy cream colored head.

S: Slight fruittyness Average lacing & zero head retention

T: Clean tasting wheat malt with lemons up front. Slight fruittyness as this warms along with some honey & lemony taste. Finishes lemony, crisp & slightly fruitty

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium/spritzy carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, sort of a Teutonic version of an American Pale Wheat ( just kidding, I'm sure the Germans did it first!). Not challenging enough to session on but a few go down very easy on a coolish Colorado Summer's day

russpowell, Aug 30, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The complexity of this beer would be increased if there were yeast. Not to say the taste is one dimensional or bland, because the lemony, bubblegum, and vanilla flavors are reasonably enjoyable. But this beer could have used a spark. The nose was of banana, ultra subtle clove and malty wheat. It is a really, really light (not watery) beer to drink. If a wheat beer is ideal during the summer heat, this beer must really hit the spot in Death Valley in July.

"Die Prickelnde Frische" translates to "No Yeast For You!"

bditty187, Sep 12, 2002
Photo of HalfFull
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear golden straw with a full inch plus of soapy white head. Head settles slowly and throws off some good lacing.

Nose has wheat and yeast on the nose but is otherwise lacking for the style. A bit of ripe banana exists but is well hidden and subtle and comes with a bit of cloaking malts. A perky carbonation continues. Some noble hops and wheat hide a lager like sense. Feel is more full bodied however giving the beer a decent feel and drink. Unexciting in the taste department, this beer is a bit of a wanderer. Think Weihenstephaner.

HalfFull, Aug 25, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

MattWatson37, Sep 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Bieniek30, Oct 06, 2014
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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
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