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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 260
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2002

US import name "Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear"
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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Scent is sweet bready. Pours very pale ,slightly hazy, yellow with very full and thick white head. Head lasts well and laces the glass in fine drapery to the bottom! Taste is crisp, honey lemon and biscuits. Very fine carbonation, no bitterness at all! Highly enjoyable. (270 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a very bright hay gold color with good lacing and a nice white head. It has a strong weizen aroma. The usual cloves banana, cloves and spices. The taste strongly resembles the smell except there are some citrus and floral esters from the hops. The mouthfeel is fizzy with a little burn and pretty light. It is to drink and a great anytime beer. (350 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Huge 3+ finger head, extremely clear, golden beer. The head is huge and reminds me of Miller, but it leaves very nice lacing down the glass as the foam fades. The color, clarity and ample carbonation reminds me of champagne. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, not your average looking wheat..

S- More of a grassy smelling wheat. Lots of elegant light malts and (again) champagne yeast. Subdued banana scents, but they are definitely there. This is not nearly as light smelling as I thought it would be; in fact, this is remarkably spicy. Almost aggressive smelling.

T- Lighter corn husk malts, slight adjunct quality, but with more depth. Not a bad beer, just nothing spectacular. Slightly above average, quite refreshing and light but not completely boring. Almost zero aftertaste, maybe a slight spice.

M- Quite good. Despite it's bubbly nature, the carbonation is not overwhelming; in fact, like everything about htis beer, the bubbles are subdued. Unexpectedly thicker body,which is quite nice.

D- Excellent drinkability. Very sessionable, slightly higher ABV but nothing overpowering. (1,087 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
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! (1,131 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

POured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into a Weihenstephenae weiss glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy straw color with a thick head of white foam. Excellent lacing and carbonation.

S - Slightly herbal/medicinal aroma. Slightly metallic with hints of banana and clove.

T - Herbal flavor with hints of spice, citrus and honey.

MF&D - Light body, crisp and easy to drink. (366 characters)

Photo of krunchie
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Franziskaner glass at 10.1°C (approx 50°F)

A: Crystal clear (as the name suggests), yellow liquid. You can see right through it. Love the color! Very fluffy white head, which lasts the entire review and longer. Beautiful!

S: Malted wheat, yeast, banana and perhaps some mandarin orange. Much more like a Hefe than a Kristall, but still good.

T: A little like a lager actually. Wheat malt, little hop aroma and VERY sweet. Almost like vanilla. Actually, there's a lot of vanilla aromas in this. Nice, but a bit too much on the sweeter side than expected.

M: The head makes it thick, creamy and fluffy, however the body is quite light (maybe medium). Once again, a bit too sweet

D: Very easily drinkable, even flow of CO2 and a smooth and thirst quenching satisfaction. Perfect summer brew (806 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: golden yellow color with carbonation 2 finger head with lacing.
Nose: malt, wheat, straw, and a hint of citrus.
Taste: Wheat, yeast malt character with hints of citrus.
Body: thin, not watery
Finish clean easy drinking. I really enjoyed drinking this beer. (262 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, huge white head steadily shrinks to rich, foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is lots of fruity grain, apple, light yeasty bread dough, light herb and hint of mineral.

Taste is light, crisp fruity grain, dough, apple, apple peel, hints of herb, lemon and mineral – all very light and ultimately mostly dominated by mineral, apple and hint of grassy citrus, with the finish being mostly mineral and apple. It has a nice, zesty feel, is light and crisp. Character is light and rather simple, but it’s very pleasant and drinkable, with enough body and character to keep it going. (586 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz slim design brown pop top bottle with classic Erdinger label and clear best by date

Appearance: Bright gold beer with huge streaming carbonation and a big puffy white head with good retention

Smell: Mild wheat, light sweet spice, light banana, and very light pilsener graininess

Taste: Lighter, less fruity, slightly grainier typical hefe taste...not a style I go for typically, but this is nice

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Solid, refreshing; my favorite of the Erdinger lineup (535 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clean, tasty with the stubborn, lacey foam (good). I can take or leave the "hefe" in my weizen and in this one I don't miss the yeast. Thirst quenching. German goodness throughout. I wish there was a category for "value" because the only strike against it is the price per bottle. (280 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance poured a light golden straw color with a thick healthy head. Smell is like bread dough sweetened with light honey. Taste is lightly sweet and spicey with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with good carbonation. This is one beer I would drink on a warm evening simply sipping and enjoying. (313 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic, for lack of weizen glass.

A: Clear light golden brew with a HUGE 3 finger white head that sticks around for the whole session.
S: Inviting fresh aroma; metallic and a grainy/wheat smell.
T: Banana, metallic, and crisp wheat right off the bat. Wet grains, some light spices in and out of the glass, and sometimes, there were flavors of absolutely nothing.
M: Lighter-bodied with tons of great, refreshing carbonation.
D: This beer is so pleasant to drink. Though I prefer unfiltered wheat styles, I look forward to buying a few of these for the hot Cali summer! (583 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw/yellow, close to being clear, but has a slight opaque character. Plentiful white bubbly head that lasts and laces well.

S- Very little. Maybe some light grains.

T- Rather singular sweet Euro-Lager taste, followed by a slight malty aftertaste. Some spices linger with the last malts. This is a simple beer, with a light taste. Somehow it doesn't taste watered down though. Don't drink it to cold, or you will miss much of the pleasing tastes hiding in this beer. As my glass warmed up, it got better and better.

M- Bubbles. Otherwise fairly thin.

D- Easy to drink. Would be nice on a hot day.

This beer reminds me of macro light lagers, without any off flavors and with excellent head, lacing, and overall quality. Not to mention it isn't a lager. I was about to review it pretty low because it is so light, but actually I think this beer has its own place, and is intended to be exactly what it is. Overall I think it is refreshing, easy to drink, and looks good. Just don't expect what you normally expect from a wheat beer. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden colour with white head.

Distinct banana smell. Not many other flavours really shine through.

Spicy taste of banana and cloves. The taste is brought forward by the carbonation which I feel is just on the right level for this type of beer.

This was a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting such a highly drinkable beer and I can honestly say that I prefer this one over both the Erdinger dunkelweizen and their hefe. (431 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden brew with a big, fluffy, white head that doesn't go away too soon. It had prickly carbonation, and like the name said, it was crystal clear. The beer was fairly dry up front and had a pretty substantial malt flavor with a hint of vanilla on finish. Also, there was just a little bit of hops for balance. Good beer. (321 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle- color of pale bright yellow , with a nice frothy cream colored head - nose of yeast , nice lemon zest, some grass , bubble gum , and malts – taste of lemon , citric acid , malts grass , and yeast - body is a little raw , acidic , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of lemon , yeast , and bubblegum (320 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dense white froth cap a dark golden body, very impressive. Hops, mild fruit and yeast confront the nose, but not enough. The taste is rather good--hopped with hints of bitterness. Well carbonated, this is refreshing and enjoyable--not a Wow! beer, but solid. (273 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours head head. Crazy head. The beer poured as almost all head. I filled my large Weizen glass -- and waited -- but the meringue thick white head had the same retention of my Grandmothers pies. It never went down. Finally I set my glass in the sink and just poured the rest of the 16.9 oz bottle into the glass letting the head run over and down the drain. Big head is good but this was nuts. Oh yeah, when I could see beer it was a clear golden color.

Smell: Pale malts a hint of wheat and grass and a pinch of banana and fruit squeeze through the overall clean aroma.

Taste: This is a simple drinkable beer. The banana cloves and yeast are all present and yet it is reserved and clean. I am new to the Kristal Weizen style. This one is a clean and easy as a lager. Maybe that is the signature of this style of Weizen. This one seemed to have a Mia/Bock Dortmunder - esque quality about it. nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slick and very malty medium body with a clean finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy chugger beer. Refreshing and guzzelable, it was a perfect beer after 13 hours of construction work today. Goodness it went down fast and easy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,207 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a fairly clear, pale golden yellow color, with about a three finger puffy white foamy head. After the head dissipates, there's some stringy lacing sliding into the beer nicely.
The smell starts off with a bready sweetness and lets in some of the typical "bubblegum" notes of a krystalweizen. Banana esters become faint with light cracker details, and is somewhat wheaty.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors adding a light earthy to semi-grassy hop bite closer to the aftertaste. There's a light sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body with a nice smooth carbonation running about.
Overall, as a krystalweizen, it works, but I think I'd rather go for a Weihenstephaner one first. (788 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Very clear, golden yellow, large white head with good retention, lots of medium and small carbonation bubbles.

S = Crisp light scents of fresh grains, light fruits bananas, lemons, and light hops, as it warms gets some more yeast phenols showing through. Pleasant smells, but too subdued.

T = Very refreshing, lemon tastes blend with white toast, very subdued banana pudding in the background, subdued but present yeast phenols show up mid-palate, nice dry finish.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, good amount of carbonation.

D = Very easy drinking and refreshing. Good drinkability, especially on a hot Summer day. (684 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an Erdinger five bottle gift set which came with the glass I used to drink this. Not 100% sure this is the same beer others have reviewed here, the silver-colored label reads "Weizen/Kristall" all in large script lettering on two lines, while the small middle strip label is blue and reads "Prickelnd Frischer/Weissbiergenuss." The beer itself was a darker gold than other reviews have noted.

Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass from the 16.9 oz. bottle.

a: Deep clear gold with a tall white head which dissipated slowly to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

t: Wheat malt well balanced. Went well with oven baked chicken dinner.

m: Medium, more body than most weissbiers, perhaps from Crystal malting if that's what "Kristall" refers to rather than simply the clarity.

o: Exceptional and enjoyable to the end. (828 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Oak Barrel in Hagerstown. Decent looking beer that lives up to the Kristall, pristine looking. Not much to offer to the nose but very tasty, not special but tasty and very smooth. Overall a pretty strong offering that I will gladly have again but not one I will be Jonesing for. (300 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L Euro bottle with a clearly marked freshness date.

Clear and golden with a nice head of white frothiness atop.

Lots of grainy wheat and warm bread notes with a cutting lemongrass hoppiness and very mild yeast-derived notes of vanilla and clove. Clean and flavorful. Could be mistaken for a well-made German lager if not for the distinctive wheatiness.

An easy drinker to start the day off. (395 characters)

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